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Drug Overdoses Doubled Over the Last 14 Years, Half Are Related to Prescription Drugs, Indicates New Report

Topics: Prescription drug overdose

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States, and half of those injuries, 22,000 per year, are related to prescription drugs, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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FDA Takes Action Against More Than 1,050 Websites Selling Counterfeit Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices

As part of the eighth annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action against more than 1,050 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines and medical devices to consumers.

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Illinois Pilot Program Would Require Certain Hydrocodone Products to be Dispensed With Locking Mechanisms

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Painkillers

Illinois lawmakers have approved a pilot program that would add locking devices on some prescription painkiller prescriptions to ensure only the patient has access to the medication. 

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New Resource for Consumers to Identify Safe Online Pharmacies Promoted by NABP Executive Director

NABP Executive Director Carmen A. Catizone, MS, RPh, DPh, and Libby Baney, JD, executive director of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies participated in a series of interviews to spread awareness about .pharmacy as a resource for consumers.

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Abuse-Deterrent Prescription Opioids Help Curtail Abuse Rates, but Still Vulnerable to Misuse, Cautions Report

Topics: FDA, Prescription drug abuse, and Painkillers

Abuse-deterrent formulations of commonly abused prescription medications can sometimes still be misused cautions a new report.

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New Synthetic Drug Linked to 18 Deaths in Single Florida County, The New York Times Reports

Topics: DEA

A dangerous synthetic drug known as Flakka may be responsible for 18 recent deaths in Broward County, FL. 

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Don’t Buy Drugs From Overseas on the Internet, Consumer Reports Advises

Although Internet shopping can lead to more options and better deals for things like electronics and small appliances, consumers should never use the Internet to purchase medications from overseas, a new report from Consumer Reports advises.

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Misuse of ADHD Drugs Most Likely to Start in Older Teens, Study Indicates

Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are at the highest risk for misuse of prescription stimulants and females are more likely than males to misuse the drugs, a new study has found.

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Dispose of Unused Medications to Prevent Theft and Accidental Ingestion, FDA Advises

Topics: FDA and Medication disposal

To reduce the chance that the drugs may be stolen or accidentally ingested, consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their homes as quickly as possible, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns.

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New York State Senate Passes Bill Intended to Prevent Prescription Drugs From Entering the Black Market

Topics: diversion

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would establish criminal charges for the theft and unauthorized possession of blank official New York State prescription forms.

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