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Misuse of Prescription Drugs Common Among H.S. Students

Twenty percent of U.S. high-school students say they have taken prescription drugs without consulting a doctor, including one in four high-school seniors, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). …

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NIH Podcast on Prescription Drug Abuse in Women

This month's “Pinn Point on Women’s Health” podcast, hosted by Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., director of NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, highlights prescription drug abuse in women and includes an interview with Nora Volkow, M.D. …

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Army Opiate Treatment Utilization Up 500 Percent

The number of U.S. Army soldiers enrolling in treatment for opiate addiction rose 500 percent between 2004 and 2009. …

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Men and Women Cite Different Reasons for Misusing Prescription Painkillers

Emotional issues and psychological stress often spark misuse of prescription painkillers among women, whereas men are more likely to cite social and behavioral problems, according to researchers who investigated the underlying causes of opioid painkiller addictions. …

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Health Officials Unimpressed with New OxyContin Formula

A new, supposedly abuse-resistant version of OxyContin is getting tepid reviews from Massachusetts addiction experts and parents. …

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FDA Staff Concerned About Additive Designed to Combat Pain Drug's Abuse

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staffers have questioned whether a proposed new drug that would add the B vitamin niacin to oxycodone in order to combat abuse would be effective and safe. …

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Rep. Delahunt Seeks Support to Fight Opiate Addiction in Mass.

Referring to cases of prescription opiate addiction in his home state of Massachusetts as 'an epidemic,' U.S. Rep. William Delahunt this month brought together members of affected groups to brainstorm about ways Washington could help the state achieve solutions. …

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Hospital Admissions for Prescription Drug ODs Up 65 Percent

About 71,000 people were admitted to U.S. hospitals for prescription-drug overdoses in 2006, up from approximately 43,000 in 1999, according to a new report. …

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Reformulated, 'Abuse Resistant' OxyContin Approved by FDA

A new slow-release version of the powerful opiate painkiller OxyContin has been approved by the FDA. …

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Drug Availability Rises in U.S. as Mexican Cartels Expand Operations

Mexican drug cartels now operate in every region of the U.S., and availability of heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine has increased as a result, federal officials said this week. …

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