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Uncontrolled opioid U-47700 linked to at least 50 deaths

Several states are taking measures to halt the spread of an unapproved opioid drug eight times more powerful than morphine that has been linked to at least 50 deaths in the U.S. Georgia, Ohio, Wyoming and Kansas have already banned or taken action to ban the medication, but the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has yet to control it. The drug, known as U-47700, is a synthetic opioid that is either swallowed , snorted or injected. U-47700 can cause eye, skin, or respiratory irritation and is harmful if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin. The drug produces strong effects including sedation ... Read More

DEA introduces new drug take-back program to combat prescription drug abuse

A new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rule aims to combat a growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction and abuse by authorizing pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and others to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription medications. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the new regulation will help save lives and protect families from the dangers of prescription drug misuse. In 2011, unintentional prescription drug overdoses accounted for more than half of the 41,300 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Prescription opioids, which are increasingly prescribed for pain relief, are particularly addictive and likely to be abused. Opioid pain killer overdose caused ... Read More

Prescription drug deaths rise for 11th consecutive year

The number of prescription drug-induced deaths rose for the 11th straight year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis. Most of the drug deaths were accidents involving potent painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. “This is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. Prescription drug deaths continue to rise despite efforts to raise awareness of the risks among doctors and patients. The CDC reported a total of 38,329 drug-overdose fatalities nationwide in 2010. Nearly 60 percent of those deaths involved medicines, most of them prescription drugs. In 2009, the ... Read More

Could Charlie Sheen have tricked the drug tests?

Last week Charlie Sheen took blood and urine tests to prove his bizarre behavior was not caused by drug use and abuse. If anything, it left the public scratching their heads in disbelief. Could Charlie really be crazy, or did he somehow fake those tests? The blood test conducted on Sheen looked for traces legal prescription and illegal drugs that included amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine, propoxyphene (the generic name for the newly banned drugs Darvon and Darvocet) and ethyl alcohol. The urine sample searched for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine metabolite, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine and ... Read More

Prescription drugs now kill more people than illicit drugs

A report in the Orlando Sentinel reveals a disturbing trend in the state of Florida that is part of a larger national epidemic: the growing number of people killed by prescription-drug overdoses. According to the report, from January to June of this year, prescription-drug overdoses killed 1,270 people in Florida. This represents a nine-percent increase from the same 6-month period in 2009 when 1,157 people died from prescription-drug overdoses. “State medical examiners continue to find prescription drugs more often in the bodies of the dead than illicit drugs, documenting the fatal consequences of the nation’s prescription-drug epidemic,” the Sentinel report ... Read More