Pain Pills on the Streets Rarely Come from Dealers

July 21, 2014 0

While speaking at a meeting about the prescription drug problem and how it relates to the workplace, Carl Alves, director of Drug Free New Bedford, said people get pain relievers from families and friends who do not secure or safely dispose of their medication. (Editor’s note: More recent research shows opioid abusers typically get their drugs from dealers or by doctor shopping.)  Katie Gilfeather, director of Outlook Employee Assistance Program of New Bedford, said the […]

RBCC Developing New Tech to Help Prevent Deaths from Prescription Overdoses

July 14, 2014 0

Rainbow Biosciences and TheraKine are developing an injectable, sustained-release technology to improve patients’ use of naltrexone. This summer, Rainbow Coral Corporation will focus on demonstrating the new technology’s readiness for market….rest of article From the Wall Street Journal July 2, 2014 edition.

CDC: Overprescribing causes prescription painkiller abuse

July 7, 2014 0

Infographic by CDC In 2012 health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers — equaling a bottle of pills per American adult —according to data released by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention on Tuesday. CDC Director Tom Frieden said in the agency’s July Vital Signs telebriefing that in this past decade, the number of prescriptions written have increased by 400 percent. With the surge in painkiller prescriptions, the U.S. has […]