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Lil Peep bragged about Xanax use hours before suspected overdose death

Hours before 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep died of a suspected overdose, his Instagram showed a video of him dropping bars of Xanax into his mouth. One the same day, he posted he was taking magic mushrooms and “honey,” a super-potent version of marijuana. Lil Peep’s tragic death points to an alarming trend among Hip Hop artists – interest in designer drugs that goes beyond experimenting to actually rapping about the drugs. And, as in Lil Peep’s case, bragging about it on social media. The trend is alarming for many reasons. For one, prescription drug abuse has taken a stranglehold on ... Read More

Anti-anxiety drugs increase stroke risk in Alzheimer’s patients

Anti-anxiety drugs may increase the risk of strokes in Alzheimer’s patients by as much as 20 percent, according to a study published in the journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology. The study was based on data from a nationwide register-based review conducted at the University of Eastern Finland from 2005 to 2011, involving 45,050 people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Twenty-two percent started using anti-anxiety medication during the study. Researchers determined that the patients who were prescribed anti-anxiety medications were 20 percent more likely to have a stroke than the patients who were not prescribed the drugs. The risk was seen ... Read More

Benzos label includes new black box warning regarding concomitant use with opioids

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the updated safety labels for all anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines to include a new boxed warning that use of benzos with the power painkiller opioids may result in “profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death.” Similar warnings will also be added to opioids. A black box warning is the strongest warning the FDA gives and is reserved for drugs and medical device to call attention to serious or life threatening risks. Benzos, which include the brand names Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, are a class of psychoactive drugs that are used to ... Read More

Deadly combination of opioids and anti-anxiety drugs prematurely killing more white women

Opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs – which are often prescribed in tandem – are prematurely killing a disproportionate number of white women, according to a Washington Post analysis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just required black box warnings be placed on the safety labels of opioids and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” explaining that taking the two drugs together was potentially lethal. The warning affected nearly 400 products in total. The Washington Post analysis involved middle-aged participants from the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that white women prescribed the powerful painkillers were five times more likely to also be ... Read More

Pfizer recalls 21,000 Xanax pills over potency concerns

Pfizer is recalling tens of thousands of bottles of its popular anti-anxiety drug Xanax over concerns that the medication may not be potent enough. The recall affects 21,120 bottles of Xanax 0.25 mg, 100 count with the lot number C111054 and expiration date of 02/16. The lot was shipped to pharmaceutical distributor Besse Medical between August 2011 and March 2012. The company issued a statement saying the recall was because “stability testing yielded an out of specification result for potency at the 46-month stability testing time point.” The error is not considered likely to cause any adverse health consequences. Xanax, ... 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

Prescription drug overdose and abuse now the leading cause of death in U.S.

Public health experts are warning that an epidemic of pharmaceutical drug injuries has broken out nationwide, likely fueled by the ever-growing number of prescriptions written for the relief of pain and anxiety. According to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of drug deaths exceeded the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. for the first time in 2009, becoming the leading cause of death in the U.S. At least 37,485 people died from prescription drug injuries in 2009 — 1201 more than the number of people killed in traffic accidents during the same ... Read More