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CDC Launches Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemic

Topics: CDC and Prescription drug abuse

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new campaign encouraging people to share stories about prescription drug addiction and overdose through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

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Nearly One in Four Narcotic Painkillers are Misused, Research Indicates

Topics: Painkillers

An estimated 25% of narcotic painkillers prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and up to 12% of people prescribed such drugs struggle with addiction.

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Consumers Urged to Protect Themselves When Shopping for Prescription Medication Online

Partnership for Safe Medicines is urging consumers to protect themselves from substandard, dangerous, and counterfeit drugs by checking that online pharmacies are accredited by NABP’s Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites® (VIPPS®) or Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites® (Vet-VIPPS®) programs.

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FDA Reveals New Guidance for Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Development

Topics: FDA and Painkillers

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final guidance for manufacturers on the development and labeling of abuse-deterrent opioids, the agency announced last week.

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HHS Announces New Initiative to Reduce Opioid Dependence and Overdose Trends

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to take a three-pronged approach to tackling opioid abuse and related deaths in 2016.

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Painkiller Abuse Linked to HIV Outbreak in Southeastern Indiana

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse is suspected of being at the root of an HIV outbreak that has plagued southeastern Indiana, prompting Governor Mike Pence to declare a public health emergency and implement a temporary needle exchange program.

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DEA Warns Against Fentanyl, Potent Opioid Painkiller

Topics: DEA and Painkillers

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide alert concerning the use of fentanyl, a potent Schedule II medication used as an anesthetic and analgesic. 

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Teens and Toddlers at Great Risk of Accidental Medication Poisoning, Study Finds

Topics: Medication misuse and Teens

Toddlers and teens are at the most risk of experiencing accidental medication poisoning, reports a new study from Safe Kids Worldwide and the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

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FDA Warns About Homeopathic Asthma Treatments, Considers Regulating Homeopathic Products

Topics: FDA and Over-the-counter medications

Homeopathic over-the-counter asthma treatments have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety or effectiveness, warns the agency in a recent public safety alert. 

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