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2011-05-09 14:16:00

HINSDALE, Ill., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC), in partnership with the Reed Hruby Foundation and the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, is developing one of the nation's first heroin education and prevention projects. The goal of the program is to stop the growing trend of heroin use and death. The Reed Hruby Heroin Prevention Project is made possible by a $340,000 gift from the Hruby family of Burr Ridge. This donation was...

2011-05-06 00:00:29

The US Drug Watchdog says, "Darvocet, Darvon, and Propoxyphene are perhaps the most prescribed pain pills in history, and they may also be the deadliest. Most US citizens do not know these drugs could have contributed to a heart attack, severe heart rhythm issues, the need to control their heart beat with medication, or a pacemaker to normalize their heart's rhythm." The group fears millions of Americans could still be using these pain medications-because they never heard about the recall....

2011-05-05 14:23:00

SAN CARLOS, Calif., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PharmacoFore, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation abuse-resistant prescription drugs, announced today that it is a sponsor of the 2011 CLAAD National Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Policy Consensus Meeting, scheduled for November 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Wesley D. Sterman, M.D., president and CEO of PharmacoFore, Inc., stated, "PharmacoFore shares CLAAD's objective to prevent the misuse and...

2011-05-03 13:13:48

Study seeks to raise awareness of ingredients such as acetaminophen to prevent harm People take billions of doses of over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol every year, but many do not pay attention to the active ingredients they contain, such as acetaminophen, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. That lack of knowledge about popular pain relievers plus particular ignorance of acetaminophen's presence in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines could be a key...

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2011-05-02 08:55:00

Prescriptions for narcotics often contain too much medication per dose Parents who give young children prescription painkillers should take extra care to make sure they give just the right amount. What they may be surprised to learn, however, is that the dose given to them by the pharmacy could be too high, according to research to be presented Saturday, April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver. Researchers from South Carolina identified the top 19...

2011-04-28 00:00:28

American Pain Foundation, the nation's leading advocacy group for people with pain, releases new pain medication safety resources on acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This new safety module will be launched with the release of a national public service announcement emphasizing the safe use of pain treatment options. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) April 27, 2011 The American Pain Foundation (APF) announced today the launch of new information and resources on pain...

2011-04-26 23:01:00

BALTIMORE, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Pain Foundation (APF) announced today the launch of new information and resources on pain medication safety for acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a part of its PainSAFE(TM) educational initiative. The new information will be launched with a national public service announcement (PSA) emphasizing the safe use of pain treatment options, particularly medications containing NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen,...

2011-04-26 23:36:57

Approximately 27,500 people died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2007, driven to a large extent by prescription opioid overdoses. This is 4.6 times as many deaths as all U.S. fatalities in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Unintentional overdose deaths in teens and adults have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. In some 20 states in 2007 the number of unintentional drug poisoning deaths exceeded either motor vehicle crashes or suicides, two...

2011-04-21 23:04:41

Illicit drug overdose deaths declined dramatically after the establishment of North America's first supervised injection facility located in Vancouver, Canada, according to the findings of a groundbreaking new study published in The Lancet. In the first peer-reviewed study to assess the impact of supervised injection sites on overdose mortality, researchers observed a 35% reduction in overdose deaths in the immediate vicinity of a pilot injection facility called Insite located in Vancouver,...

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2011-04-20 06:40:00

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring drugmakers to provide educational material to help train physicians on the correct use of drugs as part of the government's new plan to fight prescription drug abuse in the United States. Prescription drug overdose is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. It is higher than the number of overdoses from the crack cocaine epidemic of the 80s and the black tar heroin epidemic of the 70s combined, the Obama administration says....


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