Monthly Archives July 2015

New Mexico Campaign Highlights Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

It looks like this is another successful statewide effort to show the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  This article, about an awareness campaign in New Mexico, has statistics that indicate it’s already showing results. A Dose of Reality is a statewide prevention campaign raising awareness of the risks of prescription painkiller abuse among New Mexico teens. New Mexico ranks third highest in the nation for teen non-medical use of pain relievers. To combat the problem, the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) launched a statewide prevention campaign to educate teens and their parents about the serious risks for
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Kentucky’s 2012 Prescription Drug Abuse Legislation Shows Results

It’s great to see encouraging results coming out of Kentucky where the 2012 prescription drug abuse legislation has been in effect for long enough that some findings can be measured.  These positive results should encourage more states to take initiative in the fight against prescription drug abuse. With the hope of curbing prescription drug abuse and discouraging those who would profit from another’s pain, a recently concluded study indicates 2012 legislation cracking down on pill mills with tougher prescription restrictions has had beneficial statewide side effects. According to the study, the number of patients doctor shopping (receiving typically opioid prescriptions from four
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Oakland Warns Health Experts of Prescription Drug Abuse

This article shows more action happening on the local government level to help prevent prescription drug abuse.  It’s becoming obvious that this prescription drug abuse epidemic is slowly gaining more and more attention on the national stage.  As knowledge of the problem grows more solutions will be found. Oakland County officials announced Tuesday they will offer physicians training this fall as part of an effort to curb the abuse of painkillers and other prescription drugs by young people. The training program is part of the Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership, according to county health and human services director George
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New CDC Study Shows Prescription Drug Abuse Has Strong Link to Rising Heroin Use

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study on heroin use in the U.S., and its results were startling: Not only has heroin use gone up at an alarming rate, but users are increasingly likely to try heroin after addiction to prescription drugs. The CDC study found: More than nine in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug — and more than four in 10 were addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. While heroin use has gone up across almost all groups in the U.S., the study saw some
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Fraud and Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

Some of the findings of these reports seem to point toward prescription drug abuse on the rise.  Cutting down on fraud in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program could help fight the prescription drug abuse problem nationwide. Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare’s popular prescription drug program, despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of Health and Human Services. Their release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who last week were accused of bilking the program, known as Part D. Read More
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Granger overdose deaths highlight prescription drug abuse

Another sad drug abuse tragedy that is drawing more attention to the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the country.  We need to continue to take action against the prescription drug problem.  The overdose deaths over the weekend of two teenage brothers who were recent Penn High School graduates provided the latest example of a deadly drug abuse epidemic that has claimed lives across demographics. Police said the brothers, 19-year-old Nick Savage and 18-year-old Jack Savage, were found dead Sunday morning after overdosing on a combination of drugs and alcohol at a late-night house party in the Knollwood area of Granger. Two other
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Minnesota Police Department Uses Deterra to Keep Residents Safe

By Eden Prairie Police Chief Rob Reynolds Police departments are a first-line defense against drug abuse and misuse, and Verde Technologies is dedicated to working with them to distribute the Deterra Drug Deactivation System throughout communities. The Eden Prairie (Minnesota) Police Department began using Deterra just over a year ago. Police Chief Rob Reynolds shares how it’s fueled their efforts to fight drug abuse and improve the health and safety of the community.   Over the past few years, we noticed that prescription drug abuse and heroin use —which are often connected — in the Twin Cities metro area was
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Deterra Drug Deactivation System Soon available in Missouri

A new cost-effective, easy to use method of disposing of prescription drugs will soon be available in Missouri. ACT Missouri and the Substance Abuse Prevention Network are providing the Deterra Drug Deactivation System to ten Regional Support Centers across Missouri. In 2014, Missouri collected over 33,000 pounds of prescription medications through take-back events and permanent drop boxes. Each year this amount increases, and there is a concern that if these events do not continue, there will be a significant increase in medications available in homes that could lead to abuse. There is also the concern that people will return to
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