Monthly Archives March 2015

A Former Drug Addict Tells His Story of Prescription Drug Abuse

We often hear about the prescription drug abuse epidemic from a high level viewpoint.  We see studies or hear the statistics.  It’s more rare to find first hand accounts of former prescription drug abusers.  This story gives a look at the problem from that viewpoint.  Click through to read the whole account and see the video. Every 13 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from a prescription drug overdose. It started behind the mirror with a young man and his secret. To keep him protected, he’ll be called Ryan. “Nobody ever knew,” Ryan said. “I could go around to anybody.
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About Half of Doctors Use State Programs to Prevent Doctor Shopping

Seeing that only half of doctors are using state programs to help stop doctor shopping is an interesting statistic.  On one hand it’s disturbing that not all doctors are using it.  But, if you dig a little deeper, it becomes apparent that a lot of these programs are new and haven’t had much time to be adopted yet.  Going forward we would like to see the amount of doctors using these programs rise.  It would be another step toward helping the national prescription drug abuse problem. With prescription drug abuse on the rise, nearly every state has created a database
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DEA issues new warnings on fentanyl

Earlier this month, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide warning about the dangers of fentanyl. According to the DEA, it’s “the most potent opioid available for use in medical treatment – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.” There’s urgency around the issue because fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, and there’s been a recent increase in heroin abuse. Fentanyl can be dangerous to anyone who comes into contact with it because it can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled while the powder is airborne
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Partnership for Drug Free Kids Helps Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

This article about the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids gives a good look at what they’re doing to prevent kids from abusing prescription drugs.  Through monitoring and awareness they’re hoping to help stem the tide of the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the country. We get the calls every day. Parents, siblings, grandparents and friends are reaching out to our organization worried that their loved one is abusing prescription medicine. At Partnership for Drug- Free Kids, we work to both raise awareness about and reduce prescription drug abuse. Through our national programs like the Medicine Abuse Project, we help parents talk
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Verde Technologies Announces Jason Sundby as CEO

Growing company also announces expansion of leadership team and need to move to new, larger office space MINNEAPOLIS (MARCH 23, 2015) — Verde Technologies, Inc., which develops research-based, scientifically proven solutions to reduce drug abuse, misuse and negative environmental impact, today announced new leadership for the growing company with Jason Sundby assuming the role of president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Sundby will oversee the company’s fast-paced growth, including further expansion of the leadership team and cultivating partnerships for the Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, an innovative solution to preventing prescription drug abuse and misuse. Sundby brings 30 years of
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Neuroscience View of Prescription Drug Abuse

A neuroscience blogger takes on the subject of prescription drug abuse.  This is a great primer on the subject for those who aren’t already familiar with it.  It has a focus on the science and facts behind prescription drug abuse. Drug overdose death rates have never been higher. In the United States alone, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day, most of them caused by prescription drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared prescription drug abuse in the US an epidemic. Concerns over addiction and drug abuse are causing some primary care physicians to
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White House Budget Proposal Aims to Lower Prescription Drug Abuse

Just as we’ve seen state and local governments address the issue of prescription drug abuse we’re now seeing the federal government address the same issue.  The recent White House budget proposal for 2016 is targeting prescription drug abuse.  If the budget gets passed we may see an increase in prevention programs and measures to help curb prescription drug abuse. Recently, the White House has released its budget proposal for 2016 with aims on lowering the number of abuse on prescription drug that killed several American with opioid overdose. The budget released is expected to increase the funding of Center for
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Prime Joins Bipartisan Governors, U.S. Senate Leaders to Headline Prescription Abuse Forum at U.S. Chamber

Discussion Convened by the Alliance to Prevent the Abuse of Medicines   Govs. Baker & McAullife, Sens. Portman & Whitehouse to Keynote Event brings together elected officials, nonprofits, and government and business leaders to discuss the economic impact of prescription drug abuse     WASHINGTON (February 23, 2015) – The Alliance to Prevent the Abuse of Medicines (the Alliance), in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and CQ Roll Call, is convening thought leaders and lawmakers during an open discussion on the economic impact of the prescription drug abuse facing businesses and employees on Monday, February 23 from 1:00
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MALLINCKRODT SUPPORTS SAFE HOME DISPOSAL OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS

DUBLIN (March 9, 2015) — Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals announced today that it will donate over 120,000 Medsaway® medication inactivation pouches to healthcare providers to provide patients a safe, convenient and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unused medications at home. The donation of medication inactivation pouches to 5,000 US physicians is designed to help further build awareness of patient safety and responsible drug disposal as well as reinforce Mallinckrodt’s commitment to responsible use of pain medications. The donation is timed to coincide with the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) annual Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-15, 2015. Since 2003, NPSF has
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Deterra® supports Patient Safety Awareness Week

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, hosted by the National Patient Safety Foundation. At Verde, we’re committed to helping health organizations keep patients safe by preventing prescription drug abuse and misuse with the Deterra Drug Deactivation System.   Timed to coincide with National Patient Safety Week, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals announced that it will donate over 120,000 Deterra, formerly known as Medsaway®, medication deactivation pouches to healthcare providers to provide patients a safe, convenient and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unused medications at home.   Did you know?   In 2013, of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United
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