Category Archive for: ‘Overdose’

Over-the-Counter Overdoses

October 1, 2009emsresponder.comKevin Thomas Collopy, BA, CCEMT-P, NREMT-P, WEMT Over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse is on the rise. Since 2000 there has been a fourfold increase in abuse of cold medicine. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are the third most commonly intentionally overdosed medicine. Acetaminophen overdose is responsible for the greatest number of drug overdose hospital admissions in developed countries. Hundreds of …

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Michael Jackson Death Probe Zeroes in on Medications Found at His Home

July 1, 2009By Andrew Blankstein, Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton Los Angeles Times Authorities investigating the circumstances of Michael Jackson’s death are relying in part on several bags of evidence they have removed over the last week from the pop star’s Holmby Hills mansion, including prescription drugs that one source said were not in Jackson’s name. It will be …

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Prescription Pill Deaths Soar

November 13, 2008 Prescription pill deaths soarNational trend is even more pronounced in Washington By VANESSA HOP-I REPORTER More people are dying from prescription painkillers than ever before in a national epidemic that’s eclipsing past drug scourges, including heroin overdoses in the ’70s and crack cocaine deaths in the early ’90s. The trend, reported by the Centers for Disease Control …

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Methadone Rises as a Painkiller With Big Risks

By ERIK ECKHOLM and OLGA PIERCEThe New York Times, August 16, 2008 … Methadone, once used mainly in addiction treatment centers to replace heroin, is today being given out by family doctors, osteopaths and nurse practitioners for throbbing backs, joint injuries and a host of other severe pains. A synthetic form of opium, it is cheap and long lasting, a …

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Methadone Overdoses Rise

Doctors prescribe drug to curb pain By S. Maurreen Skowran – McClatchy Newspapers RALEIGH, N.C. –Methadone, long prescribed as an alternative to heroin, is proving to be a hazard of its own. As a treatment for addiction, methadone is considered an effective tool. But as its use as a low-cost pain reliever becomes more widespread, a growing number of people …

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