Category Archive for: ‘Addiction’

Prescriptions Now Biggest Cause of Fatal Drug Overdoses

October 6, 2009USA TODAYLiz Szabo Addiction to prescription painkillers — which kill thousands of Americans a year — has become a largely unrecognized epidemic, experts say. In fact, prescription drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year, says Leonard Paulozzi of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of overdose deaths from opioid painkillers …

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Painkillers and Addiction: Are You at Risk?

September 24, 2009www.kndo.comEve Glicksman Your back is killing you. Over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t helping. Your doctor wants to prescribe a stronger drug, but you’re not sure. Aren’t painkillers addictive? It’s true that addiction to prescription painkillers is on the rise. Yet, most problems occur when someone takes them for nonmedical reasons. Abuse of pain relievers like Vicodin and OxyContin is …

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Michael Jackson and Prescription Drugs: A Window on a Broader U.S. Issue?

July 5, 2009By MICHAEL B. FARRELLABC News The ongoing investigation into Michael Jackson’s death has stirred many questions about the pop icon’s use of prescription drugs and whether overmedicating played a role. While the official cause is not expected for several weeks, colleagues and friends of Mr. Jackson have suggested that a misuse of prescription medication may have been a …

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Complicated World of Narcotic Prescribing

This editorial spoken in the words of a patient presents a balanced discussion on some of the complicated issues surrounding narcotic prescribing. The exact percentage of the population that is addicted to drugs is debatable. The “2 percent” quoted in this article is likely low if alcohol is included. Nevertheless, narcotic pain control is a constant balancing act that requires …

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