Posts Tagged 'opioids'

FDA Issues New Warning for Opioid Painkillers for Children

FDA strengthens warnings on opioids for childrenThe New York Times reports that the FDA has strengthened its warnings for opioid medications for children. Specifically, they advise that those 12 and younger are not to take codeine, while those 18 and younger should not take tramadol after certain types of surgery. In addition, nursing mothers are advised to avoid both drugs because they could impact breastfeeding.

As the strongest type of warning levied by ...

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Insys Therapeutics Allegedly Used Illegal Sales Tactics for Its Name-brand Fentanyl

Illegal tactics may have been used in fentanyl marketingThey are some of the strongest painkillers available and were developed for use in only the most extreme of circumstances, yet opioids are prescribed at an alarming rate in the United States. Their use – and misuse – represents a major and growing safety concern and has led many medical professionals to refer to the situation surrounding opioids as an “epidemic” of abuse. The use of such a ...

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Opioid Industry Spends More Than Gun Lobby to Influence Government

opioid industry lobby spends more than gun industryLove them or hate them; agree with their views or find them abhorrent, there is no denying the lobbying might of the firearm industry in America. Comparatively speaking, they are outnumbered in almost every way. Yet their record, as well as their treatment in the highest levels of government is almost one of deference. Taking on the gun lobby is seen as an act of bravery; the power of ...

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Upcoming Senate Vote Takes Action On Overdose Epidemic

senate vote poised to take action on heroin epidemicMost medical professionals agree that opioid overdose and abuse in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. At the same time, the rate of heroin overdose being seen across the country has spiked to levels not seen for quite some time.

The two are not unrelated. In populations targeted for their likelihood of drug-seeking behavior, either out of addiction or the desire to sell those prescriptions on the black ...

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Panel Warns Against Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain

opioids are being prescribed for pain contributing to the painkiller abuse epidemic in the united statesChronic pain affects around 100 million people in the United States. Between 5 and 8 million Americans use prescription painkillers to manage their long-term pain. In light of these numbers, prescription opioids are becoming the most prevalent drugs in the United States, and painkillers containing the narcotic hydrocodone are the most commonly prescribed drug in the country. However, as the prescriptions ...

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The Dangers of Prescription Painkillers

risks of serious injuries are rising as doctors prescribe more prescription pain medicationsPrescription painkillers are becoming much more prevalent in the United States and there are serious risks associated with these drugs that many are not aware of. The use of prescription opioids has increased dramatically in the past decade as prescriptions for OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and other pain medications have climbed 300 percent. Painkillers containing the narcotic hydrocodone are now the most commonly prescribed ...

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