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  • FDA Tightens Hydrocodone Regulations To Curb Drug Abuse

    09/05/2014 10:22:03 PM PDT · by JCG · 93 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ashley Helms
    Stricter rules for the country's most commonly prescribed painkiller were rolled out on Thursday by the FDA, the last step in a policy change that has been coming down the pipeline for years, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Hydrocodone will now be in a more serious and restrictive category. Doctors will be barred from calling in prescriptions by telephone, and patients will not be able to get refills on the same prescription, but will have to return to a physician for a new one. It will also have be to kept in special vaults in pharmacies. The Drug...
  • Our View: Opiate abuse epidemic is a national nightmare

    05/03/2014 5:47:42 PM PDT · by mgist · 23 replies
    fall River ^ | 5/3/14 | Editorial Board
    Our View: Opiate abuse epidemic is a national nightmare Beyond sharing the status of commonwealth, Massachusetts and Kentucky don't seem to have too much in common. But the commonwealths share a dubious bond that has only recently come out of the shadows: Both are epicenters of the opiate addiction epidemic sweeping the nation. Now Massachusetts and Kentucky are collaborating in efforts to fight back. Beyond sharing the status of commonwealth, Massachusetts and Kentucky don’t seem to have too much in common. But the commonwealths share a dubious bond that has only recently come out of the shadows: Both are epicenters...
  • FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

    10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 132 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.
  • Shooter Took Prescription Drug Before Attack

    07/21/2012 5:05:35 PM PDT · by nightlight7 · 54 replies
    Denver Chan. 7 News ^ | July 21, 2012 | editors
    First responders to the Aurora theater shooting at first thought the shooter was a fellow officer, and the shooter had taken 100mg of Vicodin about two and half hours before the shooting, according to information from sources.
  • Americans consume 80 percent of the world's pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes

    05/10/2012 9:49:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 86 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 May 2012 | Michael Zennie
    Americans consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers -- more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year -- as the country's prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes. That's enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering. As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year --...
  • Leading the Fight vs. Native America's Painkillers

    Three tribes lead the best practice initiative treating the epidemic of painkiller addiction in Native America, Oklahoma, the nation's leader in painkiller addiction. Treating all adults, Medicaid. Last month the Center for Disease Control called prescription painkiller addiction an epidemic in the country, identifying Oklahoma as leading the nation in both the addiction and related deaths. It is only fitting that the battle against such addiction in "Native America" be led by three tribal owned clinics, Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services, OKC; Keetoowah Cherokee Treatment Services, Tulsa; and Quapaw Counseling Services, Miami. Generally speaking, prescription painkillers are opiates. There are 14...
  • Absentee Shawnee Tribe buys Oklahoma City drug addiction treatment clinic

    10/13/2011 7:48:52 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 3 replies
    Quapaw Counseling Services, of Oklahoma City, has been sold to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's economic development authority. The clinic is now called Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services. FROM STAFF REPORTS Oklahoman Comment on this article 1 Published: October 11, 2011 An Oklahoma City clinic specializing in methamphetamine and opiate addictions has been sold to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's economic development authority. More Info TO LEARN MORE For more information, go to http://qcs-okc.com. Advertisement Quapaw Counseling Services, 1301 SE 59 St., is now known as Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services. The grand opening ceremony is from 2 to 4...
  • County bus system manager facing drug charges (shaking down employees for drugs)

    01/29/2009 7:11:22 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 260+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 1/29/09 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    The superintendent of transportation for Lackawanna County was charged Wednesday with pressuring fellow employees into giving him prescription painkillers for more than a year. Anthony T. Koloras harassed, insulted and publicly ridiculed a County of Lackawanna Transit System bus driver and a female employee until they relented, according to court documents. He called the woman “fat” and made fun of her clothing when she refused to comply. “You don’t really need all of it,” Mr. Koloras, told the woman he repeatedly harassed for Vicodin pills, according to the documents. In an interview with county detectives, Mr. Koloras admitted asking people...
  • 'Absurd' case? Prosecutors think not

    08/14/2007 6:50:18 AM PDT · by Jabba the Nutt · 73 replies · 1,853+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 9, 2007 | Carrie Weimar
    TAMPA - An appeals court called the case against Mark O'Hara "absurd" and "ridiculous," but the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office is refusing to drop charges against the 45-year-old Dunedin man. O'Hara appeared before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ronald Ficarrotta Wednesday morning, his first time in court since his release from prison July 25. During the brief hearing, prosecutor Darrell Dirks indicated his office plans to pursue a second trial for O'Hara, who was accused of drug trafficking after authorities found 58 Vicodin pills in his bread truck. He had legal prescriptions for the drugs.
  • Gore's son pleads guilty in drug case

    07/30/2007 11:00:58 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies · 2,177+ views
    Gore's son pleads guilty in drug case By GILLIAN FLACCUS 6 minutes ago Al Gore's son pleaded guilty Monday to possessing marijuana and other drugs, but a judge said the plea could be withdrawn and the charges dropped if he successfully completes a drug diversion program. Authorities have said they found drugs in Al Gore III's car after the 24-year-old was pulled over on July 4 for going 100 mph in his Toyota Prius. He pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of drug possession, two misdemeanor counts of drug possession without a prescription, and one misdemeanor count of marijuana...
  • Source: Al Gore's Son Had 140 Vicodin Pills

    07/20/2007 9:31:31 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 106 replies · 2,890+ views
    People ^ | July 20, 2007 | Ken Lee
    Al Gore's son was charged with felony drug-possession charges and lesser offenses related to his July 4 speeding stop, authorities said Friday. And a law enforcement source tells PEOPLE that Gore had 140 Vicodin pills and "dozens" of other prescription drugs. If convicted on all charges, Albert Gore III faces up to three years and eight months in prison. But state law makes him eligible for a drug diversion program instead of incarceration, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. His arraignment is set for Aug. 1 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Gore, 24, was pulled over south of Los...
  • Steroids, other drugs found in Benoit's body

    07/17/2007 5:20:48 PM PDT · by gpapa · 11 replies · 557+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | July 17, 2007 | Unattributed
    DECATUR, Ga. - Pro wrestler Chris Benoit had a steroid and other drugs in his system when he killed his wife and young son last month and hanged himself in the family’s home, investigators said Tuesday. Benoit’s body contained 10 times the normal level of testosterone, as well as amounts of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone, authorities said.
  • Al Gore Defends Arrested Son's Carbon Offset Strategy

    07/05/2007 5:12:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies · 1,912+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | Scott Ott
    Al Gore Defends Arrested Son's Carbon Offset Strategy by Scott Ott (2007-07-05) — Al Gore, the concert organizer and former U.S. vice president, today defended his son, Al III, after the younger Gore’s arrest for speeding and drug possession, applauding his use of the hybrid Toyota Prius to offset the carbon emissions of his smoking marijuana. “Even at 100 miles per hour,” said the elder Mr. Gore, “the Prius produces less deadly greenhouse gas than a Lincoln Navigator or a Hummer. While I don’t condone getting caught with marijuana, I would venture to say that my boy’s total carbon footprint...
  • Al Gore's Son Busted!

    07/04/2007 9:20:24 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 41 replies · 1,730+ views
    http://www.tmz.com/ ^ | July 4, 2007
    Al Gore III, the 24-year-old son of Al Gore was arrested on suspicion of drug possession today. The former second-in-command's son was pulled over after allegedly driving his Prius 100 miles an hour down an Orange County freeway. (At least he was driving a Prius!) When deputies searched the car they found pot, along with Valium, Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall. He is currently being held at the Santa Ana Inmate Reception Center on $20,000 bail. This isn't Gore III's first arrest. He was charged with marijuana posession in 2003 and was ticketed for reckless driving in 2000 and 2002.
  • Awareness: Too Much Acetaminophen? Few Seem to Know

    03/01/2007 10:27:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 5,125+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Vital Signs People who take Tylenol and other medicines that contain acetaminophen are largely ignorant of the safe dosages, a new study has found, and unaware that an overdose can cause severe liver damage. Of 104 consecutive patients at a Michigan clinic, almost 80 percent reported using acetaminophen in the previous six months, but about 63 percent were unsure whether they had been told about the dangers of high doses, and only 43 percent knew that the medicine could affect liver function. The survey results appear in the January/February issue of The Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. The maximum...
  • Rush Limbaugh Reaches Settlement with Prosecutors - Charge Will Be Dismissed In 18 Months

    04/28/2006 3:11:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 1,111 replies · 36,955+ views
    Friday, April 28, 2006 | Roy Black
    <p>Rush Limbaugh's attorney has issued a statement announcing a settlement of the Florida prosecutor's investigation into alleged doctor shopping by Rush Limbaugh.</p> <p>Details have been read by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Basically, the charge of doctor shopping is dismissed, with some conditions.</p>
  • `Idol' expose may become Paula Abdul's swan song

    05/03/2005 5:41:55 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 30 replies · 1,965+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 3, 2005 | Boston Herald Inside Track
    Speculation mounted yesterday that ``American Idol'' judge Paula Abdul may be voted off the hit reality show after ABC airs a damning investigation tomorrow night. Abdul, who has been under fire for erratic on-air behavior, may voluntarily vacate the judge's podium after ``Primetime Live'' airs answering-machine messages she left for a 24-year-old contestant. The Drudge Report says Abdul personally coached the contestant and then tried to cover it up. Speculation surrounds Corey Clark, who was run off the show last season after it was revealed he assaulted his teenage sister. Clark is peddling a tell-all biography in which he claims...
  • Weighing the Difference Between Treating Pain and Dealing Drugs

    03/26/2005 4:36:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies · 765+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 26, 2005 | TINA ROSENBERG
    EDITORIAL OBSERVER Federal prosecutors in Virginia want Dr. William Hurwitz, recently convicted on 50 counts of distributing narcotics, to go to prison for life without parole when he is sentenced in mid-April. For the 50 million or so Americans who suffer from chronic pain, the fate of Dr. Hurwitz should be of some interest. He is a prominent doctor committed to aggressive treatment of pain. His behavior in some cases was inexcusable. Patients for whom he freely provided large prescriptions should, at the very minimum, have been given more close supervision. But malpractice should be cause for loss of license....
  • Bush Policy To Target Prescription Drugs (Tracking patients' use key part of new anti-drug effort)

    03/01/2004 10:48:19 AM PST · by Wolfie · 198+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2004
    Bush Policy To Target Prescription Drugs Tracking patients' use key part of new anti-drug effort WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's national anti-drug strategy will for the first time target the use of pain relievers, sedatives and stimulants for nonmedical purposes, a problem that has exploded in the last decade. A key part of the strategy being released Monday involves government efforts to help states develop monitoring systems to track a patient's use of prescription medicine. The monitoring programs flag cases that indicate a pattern of abuse, such as "doctor shopping," where a patient gets prescriptions for drugs from multiple physicians....
  • Bush Anti-Drug Plan to Target Painkillers

    03/01/2004 10:44:31 AM PST · by Moleman · 93 replies · 890+ views
    AP ^ | 3/1/04
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's national anti-drug strategy will for the first time target the use of pain relievers, sedatives and stimulants for nonmedical purposes, a problem that has exploded in the last decade.A key part of the strategy being released Monday involves government efforts to help states develop monitoring systems to track a patient's use of prescription medicine. The monitoring programs flag cases that indicate a pattern of abuse, such as "doctor shopping," where a patient gets prescriptions for drugs from multiple physicians.Prescription medicine now ranks second, behind marijuana, among drugs most abused by adults and young people, said...
  • Medicaid recipients selling their Rx (esp.OxyContin and Vicodin)on black market

    12/30/2003 8:55:47 AM PST · by yankeedame · 3 replies · 236+ views
    The Cincinnati Enquirer ^ | Tuesday, December 30, 2003 | staff writer
    Tuesday, December 30, 2003 Medicaid recipients may be selling drugs FRANKFORT - Some Medicaid recipients in Kentucky are using their benefits to sell prescription drugs illegally for profit or to supply their own addictions, authorities say. Police and prosecutors in rural Kentucky say the state- and federally funded program that helps more than 670,000 of the state's elderly, poor and disabled is a significant source of drugs that have ravaged the region. It's impossible to estimate the degree to which Medicaid is used to funnel prescription drugs into Kentucky's black market. Medicaid spending on the most popular painkillers - such...
  • Drug use by teenagers declines, continues its decline

    12/23/2003 9:58:02 PM PST · by bdeaner · 87 replies · 1,369+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/20/03 | AP
    Drug use by teenagers declines, continues its decline Associated Press - December 20, 2003 WASHINGTON (AP) - American teenagers are cutting back on their use of illicit drugs and cigarettes, but alcohol consumption is holding steady, the government says. An annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders done for the Department of Health and Human Services, found declines in many kinds of drugs for high school students, especially for Ecstasy and LSD. Overall, the Bush administration said the annual survey funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed an 11 percent drop in illegal drug use in the past...
  • Raids On Rush Are Detailed (Warrants: He Broke Drug Laws)

    12/06/2003 9:00:51 AM PST · by Wolfie · 930 replies · 4,234+ views
    Newsday ^ | Dec. 5, 2003 | Jon Burstein
    RAIDS ON RUSH ARE DETAILED Warrants: He Broke Drug Laws West Palm Beach, Fla. - A Palm Beach County law enforcement task force investigating whether Rush Limbaugh illegally obtained prescription painkillers seized the talk show host's medical records from three doctors, according to search warrants made public yesterday. Authorities are looking into whether the conservative commentator violated the state's "doctor shopping" law by getting doctors to write him overlapping narcotic prescriptions and failing to tell them about each other. From March to September, Limbaugh picked up 1,733 hydrocodone pills, 90 OxyContin pills, 50 Xanax tablets and 40 pills of Kadian...