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2012-01-10 08:32:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With cold and flu season officially upon us, now is the perfect time to review how to safely treat a child's cough and cold symptoms. You'd think it would be as easy as giving your child an over-the-counter pediatric cough or cold medicine but it's not, and the potential dangers to your child are nothing to sneeze at. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120110/DA32903) According to a recent study by the University of Michigan...

2012-01-10 07:35:00

MALIBU, Calif., Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The arrest on 01/05/2012 of Santa Barbara physician Dr. Julio Diaz has brought into sharp focus the upsurge of accidental overdose deaths from prescription medications. According to one of the nation's leading prescription drug abuse rehab centers, Dr. Diaz's arrest points to the dangers both of prescription drug abuse and "doctor shopping," the process of finding a physician who will prescribe medication for nonmedical purposes. Each of these...

2012-01-01 04:50:00

With a goal of creating global awareness of the dangers from the everyday use of synthetic Pain Killers, PainKillerAwareness.org is launching a “Care Enough to Share” Campaign. Every year more than 20,000 unsuspecting Americans die from the toxic effects of PainKillers; they die because the line between a safe dose and a deadly dose is razor thin. Edmond, Oklahoma (PRWEB) December 31, 2011 The PainKiller Awareness "Care Enough to Share" Campaign is being launched in conjunction...

2011-12-23 08:55:18

Study shows suicide prevention efforts should be key part of substance abuse treatment programs The dire physical and mental health effects of injecting methamphetamine are well known, but there's been little research about suicidal behavior and injecting meth. In a recent study, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the University of British Columbia found that drug users who inject methamphetamine had an 80% greater risk of attempting suicide than drug...

2011-12-12 17:07:12

Drug users who are HIV-infected have 74 percent greater risk of overdose A study from Rhode Island Hospital is the first to systematically review and analyze the literature on the association between HIV infection and overdose risk. The findings show a 74 percent greater risk of overdose among drug users if they are HIV-infected. The researchers found that reasons for the increased risk are biological and behavioral, but may also include environmental and structural factors. The study is...

Even Slight Overdose Of Tylenol Can Be Lethal: Study
2011-11-24 05:56:18

Taking even just a little too much of the pain reliever acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol, over time is more likely to be fatal than taking a single, massive overdose, British researchers warned on Tuesday. These "staggered overdoses" occur when people with ongoing pain repeatedly take slightly more acetaminophen than they should, said Dr. Kenneth Simpson of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and lead author of the study. "They haven't taken the sort of single-moment,...

2011-11-23 11:33:25

Repeatedly taking slightly too much paracetamol over time can cause a dangerous overdose that is difficult to spot, but puts the person at danger of dying. Patients may not come to hospital reporting the overdose, but because they feel unwell. This clinical situation needs to be recognized and treated rapidly because these patients are at even greater danger than people who take single overdoses. These so-called staggered overdoses can occur when people have pain and repeatedly take a...

2011-11-22 17:26:52

Researchers at King's College London have discovered how one of the most common household painkillers works, which could pave the way for less harmful pain relief medications to be developed in the future Researchers at King's College London have discovered how one of the most common household painkillers works, which could pave the way for less harmful pain relief medications to be developed in the future. Paracetamol, often known in the US and Asia as acetaminophen, is a widely-used...

2011-11-10 08:20:00

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to a report recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the rising death toll from prescription painkiller overdose, Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. is encouraging individuals affected by painkiller dependence to learn more about the disease of addiction, available options and the importance of getting treatment by visiting www.TurnToHelp.com. The new CDC report showed that overdose deaths...

2011-11-07 11:30:00

Inflexxion's findings may help focus prevention efforts and intervention strategies for prescription opioid abuse reduction. Newton, MA (PRWEB) November 07, 2011 Inflexxion's findings may help focus prevention efforts and intervention strategies for prescription opioid abuse reduction. Aim of this study was to derive and describe typologies of prescription opioid use in a large and diverse population of adults being assessed for substance abuse treatment Researchers obtained data...