Archive for the ‘Public Policy’ Category

  • FDA Advises Limits on Vicodin

    The battle against the illegal use of prescription medications continues. The federal government wants increased restriction and drug enforcement agencies want access to the tools to keep these drugs off the streets. Read More…

  • Doctors Tell Congress They Need Help with Prescription Drug Problem

    Currently a handful of bills are in the hands of Congress dealing with the problem of prescription drugs and their potential to lead to addiction. The hope is that these bills will better educate doctors and the public of their dangers. Read More…

  • New State Laws Require Doctors, Stores Track Opiate Painkiller Sales

    Certain state and local governments in the United States and Canada are about to crack down on the illegal sales of prescription narcotics. Proposals that could force pharmacies and physicians to keep better track of who buys these drugs, as well as how much and how often, are being considered in 11 state governments and provinces in Canada. Thirty-three state legislatures have already passed these laws.

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  • Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet

    Yarmouth, Masachusetts police created "Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet" to help eradicate the problem of teens getting ahold of left over prescription medications. Yarmouth police Detective Chris Kent explained that prescription drugs such as Percocet, Valium, Vicodin, Xanax and Dilaudid are in high demand on the streets and among teenagers. ADHD drugs Ritalin and Adderall are also popular among teens.

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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.