Posts Tagged ‘Substance abuse’

  • Painkillers and Sedatives: A Dangerous Combination

    Hospital admissions for drug abusers who took both narcotic painkillers and sedatives have soared over the past decade, rising over 500 percent according to a new report by federal health officials. The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health…

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  • Military Drinking and Drug Use a “Public Health Crisis”

    The widespread use of alcohol, painkillers and other drugs in the military is “a public health crisis,” according to a new report that calls for sweeping changes in the Pentagon’s “outdated approaches” to substance abuse. According to the Institute of…

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  • Researcher Says Marijuana is Safer Alternative to Painkillers

    Marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain and is a safer alternative than opioid analgesics, according to a Canadian researcher at the Centre for Addictions Research  at the University of Victoria. Phillippe Lucas,MA, reviewed numerous studies conducted from 1975…

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  • Nektar Begins Phase II Study of New Opioid

    Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) has enrolled the first patient in a Phase II clinical study of a new opioid analgesic that is designed to enter the brain slowly, reducing the potential for the drug to be abused or misused. The…

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  • FDA: Pain Education for Doctors to be Voluntary

    The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a long awaited plan to address prescription drug abuse – a plan that focuses on educating doctors about the benefits and risks of prescribing powerful opioid painkillers. The initiative was applauded by drug…

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  • Living with Pain: Rescheduling Hydrocodone

    Imagine being wheeled into an operating room for an eye lift. As the anesthesia begins to flow into your vein, you see that instead of small precision scalpels on the instrument tray next to you,  your surgeon will be using…

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  • FDA Bill Missing Important Amendment

      U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) is trying to combat the rising toll of addiction and death due to prescription drug abuse by putting stricter controls on hydrocodone, an addictive opioid painkiller used to treat moderate and severe pain….

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