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DEA Drug Take-Back Day to Be Held on Saturday; Collection Site Locator Now Available

Topics: diversion, DEA, and Medication disposal

In 2010, 1.3 million emergency department visits were related to prescription drug misuse or abuse. Approximately 50% of teens believe prescription drug abuse is safer than abusing street drugs and three in five teens say prescription drugs would be easy to obtain from a parent's medicine cabinet. 

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FDA Working to Improve Security of the Drug Supply

Topics: diversion, FDA, and Counterfeit prescriptions

In an effort to protect consumers from drugs that may be counterfeit, stolen, or tainted, Food and Drug Administration is working to implement an advanced track and trace program.

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Benzodiazepines and Opioid Drugs Often Abused in Combination, Reports NPR

Abuse of benzodiazepines, a prescription medication commonly used to treat anxiety, mood disorders, and insomnia, may be a contributing factor to many opioid overdoses.

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More Than One in Five Pregnant Medicaid Patients Received Opioid Prescriptions in 2007, Study Finds

Topics: Painkillers

The number of pregnant women who were enrolled in Medicaid who received opioid prescriptions while pregnant climbed from 18.5% in 2000 to 22.8% in 2007.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Infographic Contest Winners Announced by NIDA

Topics: Medication misuse and Prescription drug abuse

The risks of prescription drug abuse are presented in three infographics selected as winners of a contest sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Collection Site Locator Now Available

Topics: DEA and Medication disposal

Now available online, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator allows consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded medications on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

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GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Alli Weight Loss Medications Due to Product Tampering

Topics: Medication safety

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is recalling all over-the-counter Alli®, sold by retailers in the US and Puerto Rico, after consumers in seven states reported “tablets and capsules that were not Alli.”

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New Mexico Pharmacists May Now Prescribe Opioid Overdose Reversal Medication

Topics: Prescription drug overdose

New Mexico is the first state to authorize pharmacists to prescribe naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of opiate overdoses and keep victims alive until professional medical help can arrive. 

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Two Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Undeclared Drug Ingredients

Topics: Medication safety

Due to the presence of undeclared drug ingredients, sibutramine and phenolphthalein, several products marketed as nutritional supplements for weight loss are being recalled by New Life Nutritional Center and Pure Edge Nutrition, LLC. 

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