Monthly Archives May 2015

A Better, In-Home Alternative to Drug Take-Back Programs

This is the time of year when take-back programs or days are announced all across the country. There’s a new understanding that old guidelines that urged people to simply flush or throw away their unused medications is no longer the best recommendation, because of the effect on the environment and concerns about drug abuse and safety. Because of these shifting guidelines, drug take-back programs are gaining popularity, but they are not without drawbacks as well. They’re expensive Recent DEA funding cuts have left some communities with no option but to shut down their take-back programs. Those that have been able
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Oklahoma Prescription Drug Abuse Bill Signed Into Law

The new Oklahoma bill that was just signed into law should help prevent doctor shopping in the state.  Doctor shopping is one of the effects of the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States.  Drug seekers will go to multiple doctors in different networks to get many prescriptions for the same medication.  Hopefully this new Oklahoma law will help cut down on how much doctor shopping is possible in the state. Aimed at combating the rising rate of prescription drug abuse and misuse, House Bill 1948 was signed into law by the governor last Tuesday and will take effect
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FDA Shifts Focus to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced this new focus on encouraging drug manufacturers to develop medications that are more difficult to abuse.  This is a new angle of attack, but hopefully it’s one that will help.  At Deterra we’re happy to see any step that might potentially solve the problem of prescription drug abuse. FDA chief Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. said that this latest initiative aims to help both drug companies and consumers to make drugs safer. “The science of abuse-deterrent medication is rapidly evolving, and the FDA is eager to engage with manufacturers to help make these medications available
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Nevada Governor Signs a Bill to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

The Governor of Nevada just signed a bill to help fight prescription drug abuse in the state.  It’s another statewide effort to help the overall national issue of prescription drug abuse.  Click through to read the entire article and find out more. Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a bill aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse and making it easier to access medicine that can reverse potentially deadly overdoses.   Read More
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HHS to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

The Department of Health and Human Services is drawing more national attention to the problem of prescription drug abuse with their new focus on opioid related issues.  It’s another national level organization being brought to bear against the problem.  As knowledge of the prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to grow we will continue to see more organizations throwing their weight behind fixing the problem. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching an initiative aimed at opioid-related overdose, death and dependence. Opioid analgesics have been increasingly implicated in drug overdose deaths in the nation in the last decade,
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Missouri Prescription Drug Database Earns Initial Approval

Another state moves closer to having an active prescription drug database program with this initial approval in Missouri.  Other states have seen success with similar programs.  It just goes to show how much this nationwide issue is having an impact on a state by state basis. Missouri senators moved one step closer to enacting a tracking database for prescription drugs on Monday, despite years of failure amid privacy concerns. The legislation would create a program that monitors when prescriptions for drugs considered controlled substances are written and filled, with the goal of stopping so-called doctor shoppers from amassing pills to
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