Posts Tagged 'prescriptions'

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 ...

continue reading...

Doctor Found Guilty of Manslaughter for Overprescribing Pills

A doctor in Queens, New York was been convicted of two counts of second-degree manslaughter and many lesser charges for overprescribing painkillers to two patients who later suffered fatal overdoses and other patients who were injured. The man faced 211 counts total and was found guilty on 200 of them.

The anesthesiologist ran a pain management clinic on weekends in Queens where he saw dozens of patients each day, earning roughly $500,000 after two and a half years of ...

continue reading...

Officials See Rise in Emergency Room Visits Related to Prescription Stimulant Use

A recent NY Times article discusses a recent trend that shows an increase in the number of emergency room visits as a result of the use of prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin. According to data gathered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, emergency rooms have seen a dramatic increase in the number of visits related to prescription stimulants.

The number of emergency room visits ...

continue reading...

Medicare funding unsafe prescriptions

A story in the Huffington Post says that a Medicare program meant to provide medications for the elderly and disabled is subject to widespread abuse.

An analysis by public advocacy journalism Website ProPublica found that that healthcare professionals throughout the country are prescribing large quantities of drugs under the program that are potentially harmful or addictive, and that the federal officials charged with overseeing the program have done little to curb the ...

continue reading...