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Rates of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Overdose Deaths Remain High in Many States, CDC Indicates

Topics: CDC, Prescription drug overdose, and Painkillers

Heroin deaths increased sharply in at least 28 states from 2010 to 2012, and at least twice as many people died from prescription opioid overdoses, new information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates.

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Prescription Painkiller Abusers are Rarely Prepared to Respond to Overdoses, Study Indicates

Most teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers are rarely informed about overdose awareness, avoidance, and response strategies, even those with significant overdose experiences, according to a study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

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CDC Urges Flu Vaccinations for All Americans Over the Age of Six Months

Topics: CDC and vaccines

Because less than half of Americans received flu vaccinations last year, according to a new CDC report, the agency is once again reminding the public that patients and caregivers of patients six months and older should be vaccinated.

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‘Double Check, Don’t Double Up’ During Cold and Flu Season, Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition Warns

Topics: Over-the-counter medications

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC) is reminding consumers that taking too much acetaminophen, a common drug ingredient found in more than 600 medications, can be dangerous.

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October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

Topics: Teens and Over-the-counter medications

With one in 25 teens abusing OTC cough medications to get high, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association are promoting National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month to increase awareness of the problem. 

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