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Risk Factors for Painkiller Addiction Identified

Researchers have found four common risk factors among study participants addicted to opioid painkillers, and found evidence that genes could play a part in the addiction …

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Mass. Approves Online Tracking of Prescription Painkillers

Massachusetts health officials approved a plan on Aug. 11 that will allow doctors and pharmacists to track narcotics prescriptions online -- a major step toward reducing “doctor shopping” in patients addicted to prescription drugs, officials said. …

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Washington Imposes New Rules on Prescribing Powerful Painkillers

The state of Washington plans to impose tough new rules on doctors who want to prescribe opiate painkillers to patients, including mandatory third-party evaluation of patients who request higher doses of the drug but don???t show signs of improvement. …

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Police Challenged by Crashes Involving Prescription Drugs

Car crashes involving prescription drugs are often harder to detect and prosecute than those involving alcohol or illicit drugs. …

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Proposed FDA Plan on Prescription Drugs Rejected

A lack of mandated training for physicians has helped sink a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal intended to curb misuse of prescription drugs. …

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Parents Who Use Drugs to Quell Children Called Abusive

Sedating children with over-the-counter or prescription medications may be an under-recognized form of abuse. …

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Treatment Programs Report Surge in Prescription Drug Admissions

About one in 10 people admitted to addiction treatment programs misuse prescription drugs, quadruple the rate reported in 1998. …

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CDC Calls for Urgent Action on Abuse of Pain Medication

Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers rose 111 percent between 2004 and 2008, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). …

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Gambling Not Only Addiction Risk for Power Players

The ability of poker players to stay at the table for hours on end is aided in many cases by the use of drugs, according to researchers. …

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Ethics Group Challenges FDA Tobacco Panel Members

Two panelists on a new federal advisory committee on tobacco product safety should be removed, according to a complaint by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. …

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