Tag Archives: prescription drugs

13 Percent of High School Seniors Have Used Prescription Opioids for Non-Medical Reasons

A new study finds 13 percent of high school seniors have used prescription opioids for non-medical reasons. Overall, nearly one in every four high school seniors in the United States has had some exposure to prescription painkillers, either for medical or non-medical reasons. …

National Crackdown on Prescription Drug Thefts Involves Dozens of Suspects

Dozens of suspects across the country have been arrested and charged with stealing prescription drugs from tractor trailers and warehouses. Two brothers are accused of stealing more than $70 million of prescription drugs from a warehouse in Connecticut. …

Commentary: The Way Americans Dispose of Prescription Drugs is Changing for the Better

Prescription drug abuse is perhaps our nation’s most significant drug problem, and trends over the past decade indicate this problem will only worsen, particularly among young adults and teens. While the DEA and law enforcement represent an important dimension in this fight, we are not the only ones, says DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. …

Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Follow Doctor’s Orders on Prescription Drugs

New research indicates almost two-thirds of Americans do not follow their physician’s orders correctly when they take prescription drugs. They don’t take their medication, or use pills that were not intended for them, The Wall Street Journal reports. …

Walgreens to Pay $7.9 Million to Resolve Allegations Over Illegal Prescription Transfers

The Justice Department announced that Walgreens has agreed to pay the government $7.9 million to resolve allegations the company gave people enrolled in government-run health programs $25 gift cards if they moved their prescriptions over to the pharmacy chain. …

Scam Artists Sell Prescription Drugs Online, Then Use Information for Blackmail

Drug Enforcement Administration officials say criminal scam artists are selling prescription drugs online, then using customers’ personal information to blackmail them. …

U.S. Military’s Heavy Use of Psychotropic Drugs Gains Attention

In a small but increasing number of cases, lawyers defending soldiers are blaming the U.S. military’s heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients’ abnormal behavior and related health issues, according to the Los Angeles Times. …

Campaign Aims to Reduce Accidental Poisonings of Children from Medications

A new campaign, “Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids,” aims to reduce accidental poisonings of children from medications. …

Five Public Policies That Will Lead to Pain Relief Without Prescription Overdoses

Major policy changes are needed to resolve the tension between providing adequate pain relief and tackling the epidemic of prescription opioid overdoses, according to drug policy expert Keith Humphreys, PhD. …

More Research Needed on Drug Take-Back Programs, Report Concludes

More research is needed before officials heavily invest in prescription drug take-back programs as a key component of substance abuse prevention strategies, a new report concludes. …