Prescription Painkiller Abuse on the Rise

The use of prescription drugs is on the rise and according to recent surveys the use of medical painkillers has increased by up to 75 percent from 2002-2010. Two of the most popular drugs are Oxycontin and Vicodin and in 2009, more than 15,500 people overdosed on these types of pills.

The trend continues in an upward direction and all signs point to them ruining the lives of countless people.

Use and abuse of these prescription painkillers generally starts out as an innocent way. Often, these pills are initially used in order to ease the pain from medical operations and other pain related diseases, including cancer. There is no doubt that painkillers work and can be used effectively with the best of medical intentions. However as with all good intentions, there can be negative results.

The Descent into Prescription Drug

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OxyNEO News and Updates – The Word on the Street

We’re watching the ticker for news about OxyNEO and a few recurring themes are popping up.

1. OxyContin Users are Not Happy With OxyNEO

The slow release and apparent stomach irritating formulation of oxycodone known as OxyNEO

is apparently not “sitting well” with those who are used to the effects of OxyContin. We’ve been monitoring forums where users are frequently searching for alternatives to OxyNEO (some alternatives that have been mentioned are OxyIR and Fentanyl).

2. Alternative Drugs are Being Sought out

Of course, the black market is where a lot of the opiate trade goes down and apparently in Canada the popularity of Fentanyl is off the charts as OxyNEO (the “tamper proof” replacement for OxyContin) is not a preferred “high.”

3. Heroin is Filling the OxyContin Void

As always, we expect an increase in heroin use and abuse …

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Florida Pain Clinics = Easy Access to Prescription Drugs

The drug addiction epidemic in America has a much different face than the one it wore in the 70s, 80s, and 90s when meth, cocaine, crack, and heroin destroyed many families.

These days, when someone says “drug problem”, before you picture the illicit street drugs, keep in mind the quickest rise in drug abuse and addiction is now coming from what may already be in your home: prescription drugs.

Getting the Prescription Drugs = A Full Time Job

Addicts gain access to opiate based drugs by any means necessary. Users will get them off the street from drug dealers, or even steal them from their own family member’s medicine cabinets.  But one of the most popular new ways to get access to prescription drugs is often perfectly legal.

In Florida and some other states, prescription drug abuse is being fostered …

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Prescription Drug abuse and the Elderly

Whether or not they were flower children of the 60’s or beatniks of the 1950’s, a huge number of baby boomers who have achieved their retirement dreams.   However, a growing number of these senior citizens are practicing alcoholics and drug addicts.   Many of them lived through a drug exploration period in the 60’s, but the common addiction now in their senior years is to prescription drugs.   According to the Data Spotlight (January 12, 2012 edition), the number of seniors age 50 or more needing treatment for addiction is expected to double by the year 2020.

The Burden Felt By Children
Unfortunately, the children of these aging baby boomers may not be aware Mom or Dad have a prescription drug problem.   Most children are aware when their parents have a history (whether it be current or in the past) of alcoholism, …

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Doctors Under Scrutiny for Overprescribing

In an example of how the authorities are beginning to investigate (and prosecute) physicians who overprescribe medications, Doctor Hsui-Ying Tseng in Rowland Heights, California was recently charged with murder for the deaths of three young men that overdosed on prescription medications. One of her patients, Jospeh “Joey” Rovero, died from overdose only nine days after his first visit with Dr. Tseng. The autopsy report concluded that Joey had acute intoxication of Xanax and OxyContin. The combination of these drugs and alcohol made for a deadly cocktail.

According to records, Joey told Dr. Tseng that he was having pain and anxiety in his back, wrist, and hand. She gave him a partial examination and did not notate the hand that was in pain in his medical chart.

The Osteopathic Medical Board has noted many of Dr. Tseng’s (nicknamed “Dr. Feelgood

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California at Risk of Losing Narcotic Painkiller Monitoring System

In 2009, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a statewide database system designed to curb the illegal sale and distribution of prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. More than 40 states now have similar systems in place, but according to a recent article in The New York Times, California’s system seems destined to fail.

The purpose of a drug monitoring database like CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) is to allow pharmacists to look up the prescription histories of customers and refuse to fill prescriptions for individuals who appear to be abusing drugs. The database can also be used by physicians to determine if a patient has visited other doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions.
According to The New York Times, one of the fundamental problems with CURES is that enrollment in the system is optional. The Medical Board of …

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Drug Summit Focuses on Unabusable Prescription Pills

Many of the nation’s leaders met last week in Orlando to strategize on new ways to combat the nation’s prescription drug epidemic.

At the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, government agencies and health care providers discussed strategies to curtail drug abuse and addiction. Part of the focus of the summit was on how scientists can reformulate the most abuse drugs to render them “unabusable.”

Keynote speaker Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, called on pharmaceutical companies to continue to work on ways to deter drug abusers from tampering with prescription pills.

The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit was organized by Operation UNITE, a Kentucky anti-drug group. Conference organizers hope to foster more cooperation between various agencies that are dealing with the nation’s prescription drug epidemic. Conference topics include education, prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

The White …

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Community Treatment Options Needed for Prescription Drug Epidemic

The Economy’s Effect on Prescription Drug Abuse

The terrible costs of America’s prescription drug abuse continues to hit our society everyday. Abuse of prescription pain killers, anti-anxiety medications, sleeping pills, and stimulants has reached an all-time high.Meanwhile people are losing jobs, insurance, and the financial means to pay for treatment of their addictions.
It comes as no surprise then that epidemic prescription drug abuse is happening now. Physicians are seeing increases in severe anxiety and depressive illnesses among their patients hit hard by the recession. Job losses, foreclosures, and the difficulty of finding employment can result in debilitating mental illnesses if not treated. People without health insurance may turn to online pharmacies and pill mills to treat their own symptoms, opening the door to abuse and addiction.

Three Treatment Approaches:

The recovery community is scrambling to deal with the onslaught …

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Opioids – 5 to 10 Percent Will become Addicted

Opioids are a class of pain relieving drugs that include oxycodone (e.g., OxyNEO, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), codeine, and some other related drugs. These highly effective painkillers have many useful applications, from relieving post-operative surgery pain to relieving the pain associated with cancer. They are also useful for stopping pain from dental procedures, certain chronic pain conditions, and moderate to severe pain from traumatic injuries.

Opioids can be safe when used as directed, but many people become dependent on them. They wrongfully assume that since these drugs are approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and available to the public through a prescription, that they are not harmful. However, according to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at the National Institute of Health, approximately 5 to 10 percent of individuals who …

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Good Video about Pharmaceutical Industry

A Pharma representative

The focus of the woman’s “confession” is about anti-depressant drugs (which are very controversial), but the the woman goes on to discuss the greed of the Pharma

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industry. This greed is a factor that probably contributes to some of the really questionable drug developments and marketing practices of companies like Purdue Pharma.

We thought we would share the video here:

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