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  • Democratic Senators Propose Tax On Painkillers To Combat Opioid Epidemic

    03/17/2017 6:25:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 17, 2017 | Steve Birr
    Democratic lawmakers introduced a proposal to place a fee on opioid prescriptions with the revenue going to combat rampant painkiller and heroin addiction across the U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, a state hit hard by increases in drug overdoses, are calling for a one-cent per-milligram tax to be added to prescriptions for opiate-based painkillers.
  • Elizabeth Holmes 'scolded employees for speaking and had lawyers patrol Theranos' Silicon Valley HQ

    10/22/2016 7:04:02 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 22 October 2016 | Jennifer Smith For
    The widow of a scientist who killed himself in fear he was about to lose his job at troubled bio-tech start-up Theranos has told of the company's paranoid culture. Ian Gibbons, the head scientist at the blood test company, died after taking an overdose of painkillers in May 2013 within hours of being summoned for a meeting. According to his widow, Rochelle, he had found faults in machines the company claimed would 'change the world' by being able to diagnose diseases from a single pinprick of a patient's blood. Having recently been diagnosed with cancer, he stopped going to work...
  • Massachusetts governor chokes up at painkiller bill signing

    03/14/2016 7:52:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 2:56 PM EDT | Bob Salsberg
    An emotional Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed what he called the most comprehensive law in the nation to combat an opioid addiction scourge, including a seven-day limit on first-time prescriptions for opiate painkillers. The Republican governor struggled to maintain his composure while recalling families he had met — some standing behind him at the Statehouse ceremony — who had lost loved ones to a “deadly, merciless epidemic” and others who were desperately seeking help for a family member. In recent years, the opiate-abuse epidemic has claimed thousands of lives in Massachusetts. The law, which was given final approval by...
  • Heroin problem in New Hampshire forces candidates to discuss drugs.

    08/11/2015 3:05:02 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 5 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | August 10, 2015
    The outsized influence of New Hampshire on elections gives it a pulpit to focus on pet issues. This election cycle, the pet cause is drugs. According to The Daily Beast, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has pressured presidential candidates to address the state’s heroin epidemic and craft policy to address it. Almost a dozen candidates have spoken with Gatsas, and it showed in last week’s Fox News Republican presidential candidate debate. Ohio Gov. John Kasich mentioned Manchester and its drug problems, and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have discussed it in other forums. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spoke on a New...
  • Study: Painkillers, Anti-Anxiety Medications Linked To Increased Risk Of Homicide

    06/02/2015 2:05:27 PM PDT · by BBell · 74 replies
    ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – For the first time ever, scientists have linked prescription drugs that affect the central nervous system to an increased risk of committing a homicide. European researchers found that people who were taking a class of tranquilizers called benzodiazpines were more likely to kill someone than those who were not taking these medicines, reports Live Science.

    07/10/2006 3:00:37 PM PDT · by FARS · 22 replies · 908+ views
    Times Online ^ | 7/10/06 | Nigel Hawkes
    NATURE TO THE RESCUE - AGAINThe deadly sea snail venom that will take away your pain By Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor Times Online A NEW painkiller based on the venom of a sea snail will be available in Britain from today. Prialt, or ziconotide, is the result of more than 20 years’ research by a scientist born in the Philippines, Baldomera Olivera, who is a professor at the University of Utah. It is 1,000 times more potent than morphine but, unlike that drug, is not addictive. It is aimed at people suffering from severe, chronic pain who would normally...
  • The Search for the Killer Painkiller

    02/14/2005 7:03:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 11,153+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 15, 2005 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Despite all the advances of modern medicine, the main drugs used to fight pain today are essentially the same as those used in ancient times. Hippocrates wrote about the pain-soothing effects of willow bark and leaves as early as 400 B.C. Opium was cultivated long before that. Aspirin and morphine, based on the active ingredients in these traditional remedies, were isolated in the 1800's and helped form the foundation of the modern pharmaceutical industry. But scientists are now trying to find new ways of fighting pain. The effort has been given new impetus by the recent withdrawal of Vioxx and...
  • FDA Tightens Hydrocodone Regulations To Curb Drug Abuse

    09/05/2014 10:22:03 PM PDT · by JCG · 94 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ashley Helms
    Stricter rules for the country's most commonly prescribed painkiller were rolled out on Thursday by the FDA, the last step in a policy change that has been coming down the pipeline for years, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Hydrocodone will now be in a more serious and restrictive category. Doctors will be barred from calling in prescriptions by telephone, and patients will not be able to get refills on the same prescription, but will have to return to a physician for a new one. It will also have be to kept in special vaults in pharmacies. The Drug...
  • Scientists create painkillers that could be more powerful than morphine from the venom of snails

    03/16/2014 11:13:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:43 EST, 16 March 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Scientists have created powerful painkillers from the venom of snails, it has been revealed. The substances, based on a tiny protein found in cone snails’ venom, could be more effective than morphine. They may one day lead to the development of a drug to treat severe and chronic nerve pain. …
  • Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors....

    02/15/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    mail online ^ | Damien Gayle
    FULL TITLE: Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP British doctors have secretly killed terminally sick children by giving them 'huge' overdoses of painkillers, it was claimed yesterday. Hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children, a retired GP suggested it was already happening, informally, in Britain. Dr Michael Irwin told an LBC Radio debate: 'It has happened in this country, very quietly. I know of one or two children over the last few years.'
  • Why Heroin Use Is Skyrocketing Across The US

    01/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PST · by BBell · 68 replies ^ | 1/15/14 | Pamela Engel
    Heroin abuse has been getting more attention lately. Last week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin spent his entire 34-minute State of the State address talking about the state's "full-blown heroin crisis," and law enforcement officials in small cities across New England have noted an increase in heroin use. Demand for the drug might be coming from people who are hooked on prescription pills.Health officials and drug experts have started noticing that heroin use has been exploding as states crack down on "pill mills," which get people addicted to Oxycontin and other pain killers even when they don't have a medical need...
  • FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

    01/17/2014 6:10:07 AM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Holly Yan
    Acetaminophen is often used in pain medications with opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine). These are called combination drugs, and the Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to stop prescribing those that have more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dose. Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide," according to the National Institutes of Health. Taking too much of this pain reliever can lead to liver failure or death. n 2011, the FDA asked manufacturers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in prescription combination drugs to 325 mg per capsule...
  • Chicago Said to Weigh Suit Over Marketing of Painkillers

    11/16/2013 7:49:12 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 6 replies
    The New York Times Business Day ^ | November 14, 2013 | Barry Meier
    Should the inquiry determine that the companies made false claims, the city would then seek to recover millions of dollars in health care dollars spent on pain drugs used to treat city employees and retirees, the court filing shows. The investigation, which began this summer, appears to be in an early phase. The city hired an outside class-action law firm, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, to handle the case. It would receive a share in any money recovered through a successful lawsuit, the filing shows. “As part of its ongoing efforts to protect Chicago taxpayers, the city conducts reviews concerning...

    11/15/2013 4:42:22 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 94 replies
    You know that smiling woman who was featured on the home page of She asked for her picture to be removed after she was cyber-bullied. She's hiding where nobody can see her — at ~ Conan It turns out that a lot of children could lose their dental insurance under Obamacare. So kids might not be able to go to the dentist. Parents were really upset, while kids said, “Four more years! Four more years!” ~ Fallon According to a new report, over a million Californians are losing their health insurance due to Obamacare. In fact, some...
  • Actual healthcare insurance expert says King Barack’s latest edit on fixing Obamacare can’t work

    11/15/2013 5:01:25 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 23 replies ^ | Nov 15, 2013
    Thanks to we have this comment on King Barack’s latest healthcare edit. It comes from David Oscar, the communications chair for the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters and a partner at Altigro Financial Group. He had this to say regarding Obama’s scheme to trick low information voters with a one-year restoration of canceled plans: “I do not know how the insurance carriers and federal government are going to be dealing with this. First, many states require a 60-day notice of a change in plan or a cancellation. It’s November 15! How can they comply with this new element...
  • News Analysis: Health Law Rollout’s Stumbles

    11/15/2013 4:53:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama won the presidency by exploiting a political environment that devoured George W. Bush in a second term plagued by sinking credibility, failed legislative battles, fractured world relations and revolts inside his own party. President Obama is now threatened by a similar toxic mix. The disastrous rollout of his health care law not only threatens the rest of his agenda but also raises questions about his competence in the same way that the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina undermined any semblance of Republican efficiency.... ..... For the first time in Mr. Obama’s presidency, surveys suggest...
  • 36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan [The Overlooked Aspect of Obama's Lie]

    11/15/2013 2:27:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/5/13 | Barack Hussein Obama, compiled by Washington Free Beacon
    President Obama had pledged publicly at least 36 times that his health care plan, known as Obamacare, would not force people who liked their current coverage to lose it before "tweaking" that promise Nov. 4...
  • FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

    10/26/2013 12:46:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 132 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online notice Thursday that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.
  • Doctors told to limit opioid pain relievers

    09/15/2013 7:50:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 53 replies ^ | Sept 15, 2013 |
    Patients should not be prescribed long-acting or extended-release opioid pain relievers unless they need daily, round-the-clock care for pain that can't be managed by any other means, the Food and Drug Administration has told doctors. The new guidelines - meant to stem the country's growing epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction - will not place formal new restrictions on prescriptions by physicians, but administration officials hope to chasten physicians who prescribe the medications for anything other than ongoing, intractable pain.
  • Which Medication Assisted Treatment is best for you?

    06/28/2013 5:08:21 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 4 replies
    ARC ^ | 6/27/13
    Historically, opiate addicts have had a very poor track record for recovery. But evidence-based clinical best practices, known as Medication Assisted Treatment, have been identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that have nine times better effectiveness outcomes than traditional treatment. SAMHSA found that certain types of psychotherapy combined with medications like methadone or Suboxone enhance the probability of avoiding relapse substantially. What Is Medication Assisted Treatment? Medication Assisted Treatment is a very effective treatment for opiate addiction. If you are addicted to opiates (like heroin or OxyContin) then you need to take these drugs multiple times...
  • Painkiller Addiction in Oklahoma

    05/28/2013 3:19:22 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 12 replies
    Last year the Center for Disease Control called prescription painkiller addiction an epidemic in the country, identifying Oklahoma as leading the nation in both the addiction and related deaths. It is only fitting that the battle against such addiction in "Native America" be led by three tribal owned clinics, Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services, OKC; Keetoowah Cherokee Treatment Services, Tulsa; and Quapaw Counseling Services, Miami. Generally speaking, prescription painkillers are opiates. There are 14 Opioid Treatment Programs in Oklahoma certified by the Federal agency SAMHSA CSAT, including the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City. The importance of these OTPs revolves around SAMHSA's...
  • Woman got painkillers by forging prescriptions for her dead dog, deputies say

    04/03/2013 7:11:21 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 2, 2013 | Brett Clarkson
    A Wilton Manors woman got painkillers for herself by forging prescriptions for her dead dog, deputies said. Suzanne Lee Kraus, 41, stole a veterinarian's prescription sheets from the Floresta Animal Hospital in Boynton Beach, where she worked from September 2010 to September 2012, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Kraus used the sheets – stolen from Floresta's vet, Dr. Jean Burns – to obtain 240 Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen pills between July and November 2012, deputies said.
  • After Mike Bloomberg´s rule for hospitals, FDA panel votes to restrict use of painkillers

    01/25/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Joel Gehrke ^ | 1/25/13 | Washington Examiner
    Federal Drug Administration advisers voted today to restrict access to certain kinds of prescription drugs in an effort to fight drug abuse. The vote had experts divided over the risk of drug abuse as weighed against the risk of increased pain or difficulty for patients on the medication. “It will have an impact on a lot of patients who have been receiving them for some time for legitimate purposes,” Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said per Health Day News ahead of the vote. The FDA rule change is designed to implement
  • Nanny Bloomberg Takes Away Hospital Painkillers

    01/13/2013 5:19:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Thank goodness government is getting more involved in health care so we can finally put a stop to sick and injured people using too many painkillers. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that the city is going to sharply restrict supplies of painkillers at the city’s emergency rooms to combat a rampant addiction problem. Yours, not his. I have to clarify that point, because otherwise you may have the impression that “Nanny Michael” is addicted to power, and being a bit of a bully. … “The city hospitals we control,” he said Friday in response to critics, “so...
  • Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan

    01/13/2013 12:15:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Politicker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Colin Campbell
    Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region. Some critics, as documented by The New York Times, however, felt the move would unnecessarily hurt poor and uninsured patients who use emergency rooms as their primary care doctor. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was not swayed by this line of argument. “The city hospitals we control, so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals...
  • [Nanny] Bloomberg Strikes Again: No Painkillers for You

    01/13/2013 6:43:07 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies ^ | 1/12/2013 | Kate Hicks
    America's Caringest Mayor is at it again: having saved New York from sugary drinks, Michael Bloomberg has turned his attention to painkiller addiction. The best option to prevent kids from abusing Mom's leftover Valium from her back surgery is, of course, curbing the supply of such drugs, so that's just what Bloomberg intends to do. As such, he's introduced a measure that would limit the supply of powerful pain drugs in emergency rooms -- despite the fact that lower-income families often use the ER as their primary care source. No matter: this is for the common good of New York....
  • Americans consume 80 percent of the world's pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes

    05/10/2012 9:49:03 PM PDT · by iowamark · 86 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 May 2012 | Michael Zennie
    Americans consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers -- more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year -- as the country's prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes. That's enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering. As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year --...
  • Scientists Spot How Cox-2 Painkillers Raise Heart Risks

    05/07/2012 4:08:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies ^ | May 2, 2012 | NA
    New research has uncovered how some cox-2 painkillers increase the risk for both heart attacks and stroke. The once popular cox-2 drugs, Vioxx and Bextra, were pulled off the market in 2004 and 2005, respectively, after research showed that both raised the chances of cardiovascular trouble. Meanwhile, Celebrex, a painkiller in the same drug class that remains on the market, carries a "black box" warning alerting patients to potential heart risks. Now, a team of scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia say that, although cox-2 inhibitors are very good at inhibiting the workings of the cox-2 enzyme --...
  • Absentee Shawnee Tribe buys Oklahoma City drug addiction treatment clinic

    10/13/2011 7:48:52 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 3 replies
    Quapaw Counseling Services, of Oklahoma City, has been sold to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's economic development authority. The clinic is now called Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services. FROM STAFF REPORTS Oklahoman Comment on this article 1 Published: October 11, 2011 An Oklahoma City clinic specializing in methamphetamine and opiate addictions has been sold to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's economic development authority. More Info TO LEARN MORE For more information, go to Advertisement Quapaw Counseling Services, 1301 SE 59 St., is now known as Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services. The grand opening ceremony is from 2 to 4...
  • Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers

    09/09/2010 9:00:59 AM PDT · by Scythian · 116 replies
    Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to state computer records identifying anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled substances. The state sheriff's association pushed the idea Tuesday, saying the move would help them make drug arrests and curb a growing problem of prescription drug abuse. But patient advocates say opening up people's medicine cabinets to law enforcement would deal a devastating blow to privacy rights. Allowing sheriffs' offices and other law enforcement officials to use the state's computerized list would vastly widen the circle of people with access to information on prescriptions written for millions of people. As...
  • Compassionate press asks if Rush on pain killers again (BARF)

    01/03/2010 12:44:04 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 19 replies · 737+ views
    I can't be the only one who noticed the drive by journalist's question to Rush at the end of this video. (And sorry if this video is a re post, but I wanted to emphasize the question this biased hack asked) Right at the 5 minute mark, the guy asks Limbaugh if he's on pain killers again.
  • The Quarterback's Challenge (What Brett Favre's drug use tells us about Rush and the MSM)

    12/31/2009 1:28:03 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 45 replies · 2,020+ views
    Sporting News ^ | May 27, 1996 | Michael Bauman
    [snip] These comments left the impression that Favre had become addicted to painkillers. This was true, yet it probably did not represent the entire truth. The truth, his father Irvin says, was that Brett had developed an addiction to the drug Vicodin, a narcotic analgesic. But the truth also included the notion, the elder Favre acknowledges, that a problem with alcohol abuse could exist. [snip] What, after all, is the first phrase that comes to mind when somebody mentions Brett Favre? "He's a gamer." Right. How many times have you seen it? Favre is questionable, doubtful, totally iffy, completely banged...
  • Mother of Bristol Palin’s ex-beau guilty in drug case

    08/20/2009 2:45:29 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 58 replies · 1,366+ views
    telegram ^ | Today
    Mother of Bristol Palin’s ex-beau guilty in drug case PALMER, Alaska — The mother of the man former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has reached a plea deal in her drug case. Sherry Johnston pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin. Five other felony counts were dropped. “That’s pretty,” Johnston said as a court officer placed pink handcuffs, a gift from an Arizona sheriff, around her wrists. She hugged her lawyer, Rex Butler, before being escorted out of the courtroom and taken to a correctional facility where...
  • Sherry Johnston: Mom of Bristol Palin's former fiance pleads guilty

    08/19/2009 5:25:14 PM PDT · by Justaham · 9 replies · 599+ views ^ | 8-19-09 | MARY PEMBERTON
    PALMER, Alaska -- The mother of the man former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has reached a plea deal in her drug case. Sherry Johnston pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin. Five other felony counts were dropped. "That's pretty," Johnston said as a court officer placed pink handcuffs - a gift from an Arizona sheriff - around her wrists. Court officers can use their own handcuffs, and the pink ones are a trademark of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix's Maricopa County, along with the pink boxer...
  • Mom of Bristol Palin's former fiance pleads guilty (AP made sure the name Palin was in the headline)

    08/19/2009 10:46:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,649+ views
    ap on ^ | 8/19/09 | AP
    Palmer, Alaska (AP) -- The mother of the man former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has reached a plea deal in her drug case. Sherry Johnston pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin. Five other felony counts were dropped. Johnston was placed in pink handcuffs and taken to a correctional facility where she'll be held until her Nov. 20 sentencing.

    06/27/2009 6:51:38 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 189 replies · 5,123+ views
    DANGEROUS COMBO OF RX NARCOTICS * ATE 1 MEAL A DAY, WEIGHED 125 LBS. In addition to the mind-bending painkiller Demerol that the "King of Pop" took three times a day, he also took 3 milligrams of the overwhelming narcotic Dilaudid as well as Vicodin daily. To add to the reality-altering effect of Demerol, Jackson also took a drug called Vistaril, which amplifies the narcotics' effect, experts say. Rounding out the staggering pharmacopia, Jackson scarfed down the muscle relaxant Soma, antidepressants Zoloft and Paxil, anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the heartburn medication Prilosec on a daily basis, a source close to...
  • LAPD Homicide Squad Assigned to Investigate Michael Jackson Death

    06/26/2009 11:24:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 3,548+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 26, 2009 | Richard Esposito
    The Los Angeles Police robbery and homicide division has been assigned to investigate the death of Michael Jackson, department officials said today. "There is no immediate indication of a crime," a police official told ABC News, "but because of the high profile nature of the case the robbery and homicide detectives with review all evidence and work with the coroner's office." Los Angeles police were reported to be seeking a doctor who was with Jackson when he collapsed yesterday at his rented mansion in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. The LAPD is also reportedly searching for a doctor who...
  • Michael Jackson's doctor 'vanishes' as family say he was given 'heavy dose of painkiller'

    06/26/2009 8:07:27 AM PDT · by traumer · 121 replies · 4,676+ views
    Michael Jackson's doctor has vanished after the singer's family revealed he was given an injection of painkiller shortly before he collapsed and died. Jackson's relatives told website, who first broke the news of his death last night, that he was given the pain-killing drug Demerol at his home in Los Angeles. A close member of the family said he had been having daily injections of the synthetic drug, which is similar to morphine, and was given a shot at 11.30am yesterday. Less than an hour later, at 12.21pm, a 911 call was made from his Beverly Hills home raising...
  • Abdul Blames Painkillers For ‘Weird’ Behavior (was wearing 80x morphine pain patch)

    05/06/2009 4:38:01 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 13 replies · 899+ views
    MSNBC ^ | updated 6:47 Wed., May 6, 2009 | By Courtney Hazlett
    Paula Abdul maintains that she’s never been drunk, but she does admit that she can “get weird.” In the June issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, it’s revealed that Abdul had a condition, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, that required aggressive pain management. She wore a patch that delivered a pain medication 80 times more potent than morphine, took a nerve medication, and sometimes took a muscle relaxer, according to LHJ. It was this combination that Abdul said caused her to “get weird,” at times. It’s been confirmed that all four “American Idol” judges will be back next year, but LHJ reports...
  • FDA advisers recommend ban on painkiller Darvon

    01/31/2009 5:59:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,398+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Jan. 31, 2009 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Government medical advisers recommended a ban Friday on Darvon, a prescription medicine that’s been used to treat pain for more than 50 years but left a trail of problems such as addiction and suicide. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-12 to recommend withdrawing Darvon after a daylong hearing examining its risks and benefits. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisers, but it often does so...
  • How do I know if I have a drug or alcohol problem?

    10/10/2008 4:29:24 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 23 replies · 762+ views
    This video explains the signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction. For more information see or or call 918-835-3017 in Tulsa, OK or 405-672-3033 in Oklahoma City.
  • A Tangled Story of Addiction (Washington Compost hit piece on Cindy McCain)

    09/11/2008 11:18:40 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 32 replies · 494+ views
    A Tangled Story of Addiction Consequences of Cindy McCain's Drug Abuse Were More Complex Than She Has Portrayed By Kimberly Kindy Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 12, 2008; A01 When Cindy McCain is asked what issues she would champion as first lady, she often cites one of the most difficult periods of her life: her battle with -- and ultimate victory over -- prescription painkillers. Her struggle, she has said repeatedly, taught her valuable lessons about drug abuse that she would pass on to the nation. "I think it made me a better person as well as a better...
  • The Tsunami of Painkiller Addiction

    06/05/2008 7:53:20 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 6 replies · 166+ views
    Prescription painkiller addiction has grown exponentially in the last several years fueled by the illicit online pharmacies whose spam inundates your inbox. The DEA is abruptly shutting down this cheap & easy supply. What seemed like a problem will be revealed as the tip of the iceberg, sending a tsunami through the criminal justice, social services, and health care systems. SAMHSA best practice Medication Assisted Treatment is capable of managing most cases on an outpatient basis avoiding a progressive deterioration, costly to individuals and taxpayers. Communities must act now.
  • Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

    Exponential growth in addiction met with a dramatic reduction in supply, creates a situation where a large number of people get sick and desperate. Prices spike as addicts clamor to find the drugs they need so badly. Alternative, and often illegal, methods for raising funds are employed. Progressively risky behavior and criminal associations occur. People lose jobs, lose housing, and lose families, dismantling a network of support systems that are challenging, if not impossible, to rebuild. The magnitude of people potentially involved will send shockwaves through the criminal justice, social services, health care, and criminal justice service delivery systems as...
  • Can't someone pull off a painless Tooth extraction?

    08/21/2007 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 107 replies · 4,650+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 20, 2007 | SILVIO LACCETTI
    Opening King Tut's tomb brought to light treasures and curses hidden for thousands of years. One of the lat ter still haunts us -- the curse of King Tut's tooth. Tut, like many teenagers, needed a tooth extraction, in his case, an impacted wisdom tooth. Sadly, ancient Egyptian dentistry was unable to help the boy-pharaoh, as extractions were done only on very loose teeth, by the gentle touch of fingers. Even forceps (pliers) were probably not employed until long after Tut died. Astonishingly, modern dental extraction procedures are still mired in the technology of the an cient world. Recently, I...
  • Sterner warnings urged for acetaminophen, aspirin, other drugs

    12/19/2006 8:37:02 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 23 replies · 924+ views
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials on Tuesday proposed sterner warning labels for acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen, again cautioning millions of Americans who take the nonprescription pain relievers regularly of potentially serious side effects. The over-the-counter drugs remain safe and effective when used as directed, the Food and Drug Administration said. However, overdoses of acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, even death, the FDA said. For aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, there is a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney injury even when patients take the correct dose. The drugs are linked to thousands of deaths a year....
  • Drug arrests sound a 'wake-up call' to parents After Morris raid nets local teens

    08/02/2006 8:42:25 AM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 1,121+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.30.06 | BILL SWAYZE AND LAWRENCE RAGONESE
    An actress in the school play. Two star high school football players. The cute hostess at a local restaurant. Two busy workers behind the counter at the pharmacy. All teenagers with promise in an affluent triangle of eastern Morris County towns. But all were criminally charged last week in a drug bust coordinated by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. Operation Painkiller nabbed 47 adults and seven juveniles, including some current students and a host of alumni of Whippany Park High School in Hanover. Police said they seized more than $70,000 in cash and drugs, including 4 ounces of heroin with...
  • Scores Of Deaths Blamed On Abuse Of Painkiller Patch

    06/18/2006 11:40:04 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 66 replies · 2,852+ views
    Rutland Herald ^ | June 16, 2006
    Scores Of Deaths Blamed On Abuse Of Painkiller Patch ST. LOUIS -- Justin Knox bit down on the bitter-tasting patch, instantly releasing three days' worth of a drug more powerful than morphine. He was dead before he even got to the hospital. The 22-year-old construction worker and addict was another victim in an apparent surge in U.S. overdoses blamed on abuse of the fentanyl patch, a prescription-only product that is intended for cancer patients and others with chronic pain and is designed to dispense the medicine slowly through the skin. "I cannot tell you the amount of people I've seen...
  • KENNEDY RHODE TO RECOVERY (drink/drug rehab now---presidential bid later)

    06/06/2006 7:37:27 AM PDT · by Liz · 61 replies · 1,369+ views
    NY POST ^ | 6/606 | MARSHA KRANES
    Patrick Kennedy, fresh from his second stint in drug rehab, yesterday said he's building recovery support networks .....and will continue to undergo treatment for his addiction to painkillers. ........ the younger son of Sen. Ted Kennedy - entered the drug and alcohol treatment at the Mayo Clinic May 5, a day after he slammed his Mustang into a security barrier near the U.S. Capitol. An admitted binge drinker and pain-pill abuser, Kennedy, 38, had been treated at the clinic over the Christmas holidays.........Kennedy told reporters, "I know that I am doing everything I need to do to succeed."
  • Mexican Lab Closed Down After Suspicions that Painkiller Killed Heroin Users in U.S.

    06/05/2006 8:10:06 PM PDT · by KoRn · 32 replies · 806+ views ^ | 06.05.06 | AP
    CHICAGO — U.S. agents, working in cooperation with the Mexican government, have closed down a lab in Mexico that might be the main source of a powerful painkiller that has killed at least 100 heroin users in eight states, the federal drug czar said Monday. John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said it's still not clear whether the painkiller,fentanyl, was mixed with heroin at the lab in Mexico or after it entered the United States.