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Stephen E. Lankenau, PhD

Misuse Of Pain Medication Is Gateway To High-Risk Behaviors, Such As Intravenous Drug Use

A new study by researchers at Drexel University’s School of Public Health suggests that abuse of prescription painkillers may be an important gateway to the use of injected drugs such as heroin, among people with a history of using both types of drugs. The study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, explores factors surrounding […]

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Additional Trials Needed to Assess Pain Drug Safety in Children

Can we be certain that pain medications considered safe for adults based on extensive clinical data and experience are equally safe for use in young children? Pediatric pain experts discussed this question today in a panel session at the American Pain Society (APS) annual scientific meeting and agreed more short term and long-term clinical data […]

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Deaths And Poisonings Due To Narcotic Medication Abuse Is A National Epidemic

Unintentional overdose deaths in teens and adults have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. In some 20 states in 2007 the number of unintentional drug poisoning deaths exceeded either motor vehicle crashes or suicides – two of the leading causes of injury death. Prescription opioid pain medications are driving this overdose epidemic. Opioid pain medications […]

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Researcher Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA

Opioids Are Now The Most Prescribed Class Of Medications

Two reports by addiction researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse show a drastic shift in prescribing patterns impacting the magnitude of opioid substance abuse in America. The reports, published in JAMA, recommend a comprehensive effort to reduce public health risks while improving patient care, including better […]

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Many Physicians Provide Lax Monitoring Of Prescription Medications With Addiction Potential

Few primary care physicians pay adequate attention to patients taking prescription opioid drugs despite the potential for abuse, addiction, and overdose, according to a new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study was published in the March 2 online edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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Many Drug Addicts Get Hooked First Via Prescription Medication

If you want to know how people become addicted and why they keep using drugs, ask the people who are addicted. Thirty-one of 75 patients hospitalized for opioid detoxification told University at Buffalo physicians they first got hooked on drugs legitimately prescribed for pain. Another 24 began with a friend’s left-over prescription pills or pilfered […]

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