Drug Registry Program Cuts Down on Prescription Abuse

May 8, 2013 0

This article and video (2:55 minutes) discuss Montana’s prescription drug registry program. It’s said that one person in the state dies from a prescription drug overdose every day. Physicians, pharmacies, and emergency room doctors use the registry on a daily basis and believe it is making a difference. Read more: http://www.kaj18.com/news/drug-registry-program-cuts-down-on-prescription-abuse/#!prettyPhoto/0

Kaiser Program Leads to Huge Reduction in Vicodin and Oxycontin Prescriptions

May 6, 2013 0

A 2-year Kaiser Permanente program that teaches doctors how to safely prescribe pain medication. The program has significantly reduced the number of prescriptions for pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin. Doctors learn facts about narcotics not always taught in medical school–for example, how pain pills are as potent as morphine. They also learn prescribing more than 120 milligrams a day can lead to addiction and death and that the more pills they prescribe, the more […]

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

May 1, 2013 0

Stimulants Contributing to Sustained Rx Epidemic  New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. One in eight teens (13 percent) […]

Coming Soon– National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 19, 2013 0

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected […]

Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Planned for April 27

January 15, 2013 0

DEA’s sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013. DEA’s first five Take-Back events resulted in the removal from circulation of more than 2 million pounds (over 1,000 tons) of prescription drugs. Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana use as the Nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem, with approximately 22 million persons nationwide initiating nonmedical pain reliever use since 2002, according to a report by the Substance Abuse […]

Marijuana Facts

January 4, 2013 0

Marijuana and other illicit drugs are addictive and unsafe especially for use by young people.  As officials with the National Institute on Drug Abuse state, drug addiction is a progressive disease and the earlier one starts, the more likely are the chances of developing a substance use disorder. Marijuana contains chemicals that can change how the brain works. And the science, though still evolving in terms of long-term consequences of marijuana use, is clear: marijuana […]

National Epidemic: Prescription Drug Abuse

January 2, 2013 0

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe […]

Q&A: Poly-substance Misuse Treatment with Dr. Melinda Campopiano

December 20, 2012 0

This is a reprint of a great question and answer on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) its more geared for doctors but it does illustrate the issues around prescription drug abuse SAMHSA Medical Officer Melinda Campopiano addresses concerns about provider care and prescription drugs raised by a recent TEDS Report  on benzodiazepene and narcotic pain reliever treatment admissions.What needs to be considered by providers when they’re prescribing drugs that can lead […]

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December 12, 2012 0

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month – a time to focus our efforts toward recognizing the risks and reducing the prevalence of drugged driving. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is proud to join Administrator David Strickland and the staff of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in observing National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and working to stop drugged driving all year long. Drugged driving presents a deadly risk to everyone […]

Federal Guidelines for the Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

December 5, 2012 0

Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. For information on drugs that should be flushed visit the www.fda.gov. To dispose of prescription drugs not labeled to be flushed, take advantage of community drug take-back programs or other programs, such as household hazardous waste collection events, that collect drugs at a central location for proper disposal. Call your city or […]

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