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DEA Reschedules Hydrocodone Combination Products as Schedule II

Topics: DEA and Painkillers

Aimed at reducing misuse and abuse, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reclassified hydrocodone combination medications from Schedule III to Schedule II.

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Nearly 70 Ebola Scares Have Been Reported to CDC, ABC News Reports

Topics: CDC

In the United States, hospitals in 27 states have alerted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to possible Ebola cases.

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CDC Report Identifies Link Between Hospital Drug Diversion, Bacterial and Viral Infections

Topics: CDC

In 10 years, over 30,000 patients were exposed to pathogens through drugs diverted by infected medical professionals, a CDC report indicates. 

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Prescription and OTC Painkillers Should be Used with Caution, Consumer Reports Advises

Topics: Over-the-counter medications

Although medications such as OxyContin®, Percocet®, and Vicodin can help patients manage pain from surgery, injury, or chronic illness, patients need to know the risks of both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.

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Pennsylvania Changes Emergency Department Prescribing Guidelines for Opioids

Topics: Prescription drug overdose and Painkillers

As part of the state’s initiative to address prescription drug addiction, Pennsylvania emergency departments are being advised to adopt prescribing guidelines meant to prevent addiction to opioid painkillers, and to limit access for those who are already addicted.

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Denver Mother, Grandmother Shares Story of Opioid Addiction and Recovery

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Painkillers

Cynthia Scudo’s 10 years of opioid abuse began with a prescription for OxyContin. After becoming addicted to prescription drugs, she eventually turned to heroin as a cheaper way to keep withdrawal at bay.

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DEA to Hold Next Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, 2014

Topics: DEA and Medication disposal

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced another opportunity for consumers to dispose of unneeded and expired prescription drugs during the ninth DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, September 27, 2014.

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Attorney General Holder Urges Actions by Federal Agencies, Congress to Fight Opioid Abuse and Overdose

Topics: Prescription drug deaths

United States Attorney General Eric Holder is urging federal law enforcement agencies to “identify, train and equip personnel who may interact with a victim of a heroin overdose” to carry naloxone.

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Indiana Attorney General and Indianapolis Colts Team Up Against Prescription Drug Abuse

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

In an effort to increase awareness of the prescription drug abuse epidemic, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force have announced a partnership with the Indianapolis Colts. 

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More High School Athletes Are Abusing Prescription Pain Medications, Study Indicates

Topics: Teens, Prescription drug abuse, and Painkillers

Teens who participate in school sports abuse prescription painkillers more often than their peers, and 12% of male and 8% of female high school athletes reported using analgesics at least once in the last year.

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Global Patient Safety Highlighted by NABP, Domestic and International Stakeholders at .Pharmacy Supporter Advisory Committee Meeting

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) welcomed domestic and international stakeholders last week for a meeting of the .Pharmacy Supporter Advisory Committee. 

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