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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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To Curb Abuse, Patients Allowed to Return Unused Pills to Pharmacies

Source: New York Times | Posted on September 8, 2014

Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that it will permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers. Under… continue reading »

Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Monday that it will permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers. Under the new regulation, patients and their relatives will also be allowed to mail unused prescription drugs to an authorized collector using packages to be made available at pharmacies and other locations like libraries and senior centers.

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CVS Ends Tobacco Sales, Changes Name to Emphasize Health

Source: Bloomberg | Posted on September 4, 2014

CVS Caremark Corp. halted sales of tobacco products almost a month ahead of schedule, started a smoking-cessation campaign, and changed its name to position itself as health-care provider in the growing U.S. market. CVS Health, as the company now calls itself, will forgo $2 billion in annual revenue as it… continue reading »

CVS Caremark Corp. halted sales of tobacco products almost a month ahead of schedule, started a smoking-cessation campaign, and changed its name to position itself as health-care provider in the growing U.S. market. CVS Health, as the company now calls itself, will forgo $2 billion in annual revenue as it becomes the first national pharmacy chain to end tobacco sales.

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