Archive for the ‘Prescription Drugs’ Category

  • DEA Proposes Reclassification of Vicodin, Other Drugs to Stem Supply

    The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 divided medications and drugs into five separate categories, or “schedules,” based on medical benefit and risk for abuse. Which schedule a substance falls under determines how tightly the government controls its access. The government is almost at cross purposes as the FDA recently made a pure form of Hydrocodone available while the DEA is recommending that mixed forms of the drug be more stringently controlled.

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  • Which Prescription Drugs Top the List For Drug Abuse?

    There are thousands of prescription drugs on the market today and many are being abused by Americans across the country. So which drugs pose the biggest threat? Read More…

  • Reasons Prescription Medicines May Be Killing Thousands of Americans Each Year

    A recent article in the Huffington Post highlighted the alarming statistic that there is an American killed by psychiatric drugs and prescription painkillers every 14 minutes. The number of people taking such tranquilizers has jumped 286 percent from the year 2000 to 2009 and will probably reach 341 percent by December 2011. Read More…

  • Dentists Can Help Fight Painkiller Addiction

    Addiction to prescription painkillers is a growing problem in the United States and researchers are calling on dentists to help staunch the flow of opioid medications. Read More…

  • Vicodin Classification Makes the Drug Easier to Give to Patients Than Other Opiates

    Vicodin, one of the widely prescribed prescription painkillers is also the least restricted of the opiate drug category, a situation recent national news and medical reports are emphasizing.

    Vicodin in its generic form, a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is listed by the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule III – the same class as many types of anesthetics or steroid drugs. In comparison, codeine and the prescription opioid oxycodone are listed as a Schedule II. At the highest restriction, Schedule I, are drugs like heroin. Read More…

  • Eight-Year-Old Boy Caught Distributing Prescription Drugs to Classmates

    In Fitzgerald, Georgia, an eight-year-old boy was caught giving out prescription pills to his classmates.

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  • One in Ten Teens Abuse Vicodin

    Surveys indicate that nearly one in 10 high-school seniors reported past year non-medical use of the painkiller Vicodin, but methamphetamine use dropped. The series of classroom surveys of 46,097 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, also found that declines in teen marijuana use have stalled.

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  • Prescription-Drug-Impaired Driver to be Sentenced for Fatal Crash

    A 22-year-old man convicted of killing a 14-year-old bicyclist while texting and driving under the influence of two different prescription drugs could get 10 years in prison when he is sentenced today.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.