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NIDA’s 2015 Drug Facts Week Starts Monday

Topics: Teens and Prescription drug abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites local communities to participate in National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), lasting from January 26 to February 1. 

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New FDA Drug Info Rounds Training Video Available

Topics: Medication disposal

In the latest Drug Info Rounds video, “Disposal of Unused Medicines,” pharmacists discuss how consumers can safely dispose of expired or unused medications to prevent abuse or misuse and accidental poisoning. 

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New Massachusetts Attorney General Wants to Strengthen the State’s PMP

Topics: prescription monitoring program

Maura Healey, Massachusetts’ new attorney general, plans to strengthen the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) as part of her larger goal of combating heroin use and prescription drug abuse.

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New Mexico Senator to Sponsor Bill Requiring Retail Pharmacies to Start Medication Disposal Programs

Topics: Medication disposal

New Mexico State Senator Michael Padilla plans to sponsor legislation that would require retail pharmacies to start collection programs for unused medications.

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Medication Disposal Site Search Tool Now Available on AWARXE Website

Topics: Medication disposal

To help visitors to www.AWARErx.org more easily find disposal locations in their area, AWARXE has launched a location-based search tool. 

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NABP Reviewing .Pharmacy Domain Name Applications for Sunrise Registration; Two More Special Launch Periods to Follow

Topics: Internet pharmacies

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) is currently reviewing .pharmacy domain name applications received from trademark holders who are registered in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Trademark Clearinghouse.

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Combining Other Substances with Benzodiazepines Increases Risks, SAMHSA Report Indicates

Topics: Medication misuse

Benzodiazepines, a type of prescription drug often used to treat anxiety symptoms, are more likely to cause adverse effects when combined with other substances such as opioid pain medications and alcohol.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens Declined in 2014, Monitoring the Future Survey Finds

Topics: Teens and Prescription drug abuse

Abuse of most types of prescription drugs among teens declined in 2014, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey.

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Read and Understand OTC Drug Labels Before Taking Medications, Consumer Reports Advises

Topics: Over-the-counter medications

With many over-the-counter (OTC) drugs labeled with marketing terms such as “extra strength,” “PM,” or “cold and flu,” it can be difficult to understand what they all mean, but a feature article in the December 2014 issue of Consumer Reports may help to demystify some of these concerns.

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Illegal Online Sales of Prescription Drugs Pose Challenge in the United Kingdom, The Guardian Reports

In 2014, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the United Kingdom seized at least 1.2 million doses of illegally supplied erectile dysfunction drugs, 383,000 slimming products, and 331,000 doses of sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antidepressants.

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