Tag Archives: prescription drugs

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. …

Florida Doctor Sues CVS for Not Filling His Prescriptions

A Florida doctor has sued CVS for not filling his prescriptions, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Late last year, the company sent letters to a small number of doctors in Florida telling them it would no longer fill prescriptions they wrote for oxycodone and other Schedule II narcotic drugs. …

New Government Program Aims to Protect Children From Accidental Drug Overdoses

A new government program aims to protect young children from accidental drug overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the “Up and Away and Out of Sight” program, to teach parents how to keep medications out of the hands of young children. …

Commentary: Take-Back Programs Offer Safe Disposals of Prescription Drugs

Each day, nearly 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Karen H. Perry, Executive Director of NOPE Task Force, explains the importance of safeguarding your medicines at home. …

Use of Antidepressants Jumped Almost 400 Percent in Last 20 Years

The use of antidepressants has jumped almost 400 percent in the last 20 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antidepressants are the third most common prescription drug in America, taken by 11 percent of those ages 12 and older. …

56 Percent of Massachusetts Parents Say Their Kids Have Access to Prescription Drugs at Home

An estimated 56 percent of parents in a Massachusetts survey say their children have access to parents’ prescription drugs at home. One in seven parents say they have given their children pain medication that was not prescribed for their child. …

Maine Considers Composting Unused Medications

Maine is considering composting unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The Morning Sentinel reports the state hopes composting will be an inexpensive solution to disposing of medications. …

Drug Smugglers’ Use of Mail to Transport Contraband on the Rise

Using the U.S. Postal Service and commercial carriers to transport contraband is becoming an increasingly popular choice among South Florida drug smugglers. …

Senate Bill Would Require Doctor Training to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

A bill co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jay Rockefeller (WV) would require doctors to receive training for prescribing opiate-based narcotics. The training would include information about guidelines for safe pain management, and the early warning signs of addiction. …

Three-Fourths of Oklahoma Doctors Use Prescription Drug Database

Five years after it was launched, Oklahoma’s Prescription Monitoring Program is now being used by three-fourths of the state’s doctors. However, an estimated 100,000 state residents are still addicted to prescription drugs, according to The Oklahoman. …