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Senate Opens Investigation into Financial Ties Related to Prescription Painkillers

The Senate Finance Committee announced they have opened an inquiry that will look at financial ties between prescription painkiller manufacturers and pain experts, patient advocacy groups and bodies that set guidelines on physicians’ use of the medications. …

Scientists Work to Make Prescription Painkillers “Unabusable”

Scientists are working to make prescription painkillers and other commonly misused drugs “unabusable” by reformulating them, according to Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. …

Heroin Use Increasing Across Ohio

Heroin use has increased so much in Ohio that users say it is “falling out of the sky,” according to a new report by state health officials. Children as young as 13 are starting to use the drug, they said. …

Opana: Newest Prescription Painkiller Being Abused in Rural Areas

Opana, a powerful opioid, is increasingly being abused in rural America, Reuters reports. …

Sales of Oxycodone in Florida Dropped 20 Percent in 2011

Sales of oxycodone fell 20 percent last year in Florida, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced. …

Heroin Returns to Iowa

Authorities in Iowa say heroin is making a comeback in the state. The Associated Press reports people have switched to heroin from OxyContin, which is now difficult to obtain. …

Old Version of OxyContin That is Easier to Abuse is Smuggled in From Canada

OxyContin is being smuggled into the United States from Canada, because the Canadian version of the drug is easier to abuse, according to The Globe and Mail. …

Calls Grow for Mandatory Education for Physician Opioid Prescribing

A group representing pain management physicians is advocating for legislation that would require health care professionals who prescribe opioids to receive specialized training. Several such bills are currently circulating in the House and Senate. …

Authorities Say Detroit a “Hotbed” For Opioids Sold in Other States

Detroit has become a major source of prescription painkillers that are sold in other states, according to authorities. Pills originating in Detroit are being sold in states as far away as Alabama and Maine. …

Family and Friends Are Main Source of Misused Prescription Opioids, Study Suggests

People who misuse prescription painkillers are much more likely to get the drugs from family and friends than from a doctor, a new study suggests. …