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For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good

Source: TIME | Posted on September 30, 2014

For the fist time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines. Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not… continue reading »

For the fist time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines. Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not related to cancer.

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On Saturday, Dispose of Your Prescription Drugs Safely

Source: CBS News | Posted on September 25, 2014

Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day. Over the past four years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has spearheaded this initiative and has held seven previous Take-Back Days, which are authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. As a result, the federal agency has collected more than… continue reading »

Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day. Over the past four years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has spearheaded this initiative and has held seven previous Take-Back Days, which are authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. As a result, the federal agency has collected more than 780,000 pounds of old, unwanted or unused pills. The DEA has set up Take-Back sites nationwide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Visit the agency’s website to find a Take-Back location near you: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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Rate of Fatal Overdoses Involving Pain Medications Slows, CDC Says

Source: Sun Sentinel | Posted on September 16, 2014

Fatal overdoses involving prescription painkillers have increased every year for more than a decade, but a government study has found for the first time that the rate is slowing.

Fatal overdoses involving prescription painkillers have increased every year for more than a decade, but a government study has found for the first time that the rate is slowing.

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Washington Post Editorial Against Leagalizing Marijuana in D.C.

Source: Washington Post | Posted on September 15, 2014

The Washington Post has published an editorial against legalizing marijuana in Washington D.C., citing Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s cataloguing of problems in Colorado as one of the reasons for their opposition.  http://learnaboutsam.org/report-marijuanas-impact-colorado/  

The Washington Post has published an editorial against legalizing marijuana in Washington D.C., citing Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s cataloguing of problems in Colorado as one of the reasons for their opposition.  http://learnaboutsam.org/report-marijuanas-impact-colorado/

 

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Nicotine Device Licensed as Medicine in UK

Source: BBC | Posted on September 12, 2014

A nicotine inhaler which closely resembles a cigarette is the first product of its kind to be licensed as a medicine in the UK. The product, called Voke, which is not electronic, could be provided on prescription to help people stop smoking. It is also the first device made by… continue reading »

A nicotine inhaler which closely resembles a cigarette is the first product of its kind to be licensed as a medicine in the UK. The product, called Voke, which is not electronic, could be provided on prescription to help people stop smoking. It is also the first device made by a tobacco company to be licensed.

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DEA Releases New Rules That Create Convenient But Safe and Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

Source: DEA | Posted on September 8, 2014

Today the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online for preview by the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-20926.pdf.  The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse… continue reading »

Today the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was made available online for preview by the Federal Register at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-20926.pdf.  The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal.  The Act also permits long-term-care facilities to do the same on behalf of residents or former residents of their facilities.  The Final Rule will be officially published tomorrow and will take effect on October 9.

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Pre-Fatherhood Smoking May Raise Kids’ Asthma Risk

Source: WebMD | Posted on September 8, 2014

Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women, and then looked at the incidence of asthma in their children. The results showed that asthma was much… continue reading »

Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women, and then looked at the incidence of asthma in their children. The results showed that asthma was much more common in children whose fathers were smokers before conception. A child’s risk of asthma increased if the father smoked before age 15, and the risk grew the longer the father smoked.

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