Posts Tagged 'painkiller abuse'

Chicago Sues Opioid Manufacturers Over Deceptive Marketing Practices

chicago suing prescription opioid manufacturers19,000 people die in the United States every year from prescription opioid overdoses. And, as the number continues to climb, the City of Chicago is taking five manufacturers to task over their marketing practices of these dangerous and highly addictive drugs.

The city has filed suit against a who’s who of opioid manufacturing. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Actavis, Endo Health Solutions, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries have been named in a suit that accuses ...

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As Over-Prescription Concerns Grow, Doctors Explore Opioid Alternatives

alternative medicines getting attention in wake of opioid abuse epidemicIn many cases, when a patient comes into the emergency room with acute, severe pain, a doctor’s first instinct is to reach for an opioid pain reliever. Powerful and fast acting, they are widely regarded as an instant pain management win.

Unfortunately, they are also highly addictive. And, as the number of people killed by prescription painkiller overdoses every year inches closer to 20,000, doctors are finally asking ...

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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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Study Highlights Increased Narcotic Painkiller Use by U.S. Workers on Disability

Abuse of painkillers has become an epidemic in America. The journal Medical Care recently released a study that found a growing number of people on disability from work were prescribed powerful prescription narcotic painkillers.

The research found that about 44 percent of people that receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers between 2007 and 2011. The percentage of people using the drugs long-term rose from 21 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2011. ...

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