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2012-08-17 06:08:59

Overdose has surpassed car accidents as leading cause of death in Rhode Island, Connecticut A Rhode Island Hospital researcher has found that the use of electronic prescription drug monitoring programs (PMPs) may have a significant impact on the demand for drug treatment programs and how prescribers detect and respond to abuse of painkillers. The study by Traci C. Green, Ph.D., MSc, research scientist in Rhode Island Hospital's department of general internal medicine, is published online...

Serious Illness And Death Found In Children Who Were Given Codeine
2012-08-16 13:12:11

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently stated that a few children who were given codeine, a pain reliever, after surgery may have developed serious breathing problems that lead to death. The FDA first learned about the issue from perusing articles in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2009 as well as the journal Pediatrics in 2012. According to My Health News Daily, the FDA stated that it would begin reviewing...

2012-08-09 10:39:45

National audit of antidote stocking in acute hospitals in the UK There is "substantial variation" in the stocks of essential antidotes used to treat various types of life threatening poisoning incidents in UK acute hospitals, finds research published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. National guidance produced jointly by the National Poisons Information Service and the College of Emergency Medicine in 2008 recommends the stocking of 29 antidotes at every hospital with an emergency...

Group Asks FDA To Change Painkiller Labels
2012-07-26 07:34:01

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of clinicians, researchers, and health officials recently submitted a petition requesting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate labels on opioid painkillers in an effort to stop abuse of the drugs. In the petition, the authors describe how opioid labels are overly broad and simply state “moderate to severe pain.” “These overly broad indications imply a determination by FDA that they...

2012-07-21 23:01:52

In 2012, the fastest growing trend in Oklahoma is abuse of prescription drugs, not the ones most people are used to but the right rehab program can handle either one. Canadian, OK (PRWEB) July 21, 2012 When it comes to drug abuse in Oklahoma, most people have heard plenty about drinking and driving and homemade methamphetamine. While these problems are still sending people to drug rehabilitation centers around the state, the newest addition to the roster of drug problems is prescription...

2012-07-06 23:01:42

While marijuana was long the first drug of abuse for many drug initiates, prescription drugs are now catching up — but have deadlier consequences. Canadian, OK (PRWEB) July 06, 2012 The change in the overall pattern of substance abuse is reflected in the types of drugs causing overdose deaths and trips to rehab. Since 2000, the drugs sending people to their graves or to rehab have been shifting away from illicit drugs and toward prescription drugs. The 2011 report on the subject from...

Methadone Linked To Increase In Painkiller Deaths
2012-07-04 06:09:45

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that the prescription drug methadone accounted for over 30 percent of prescription painkiller overdose deaths, even though there were only two percent of painkiller prescriptions in the U.S. in 2009. The findings were published in a recent CDC Vital Signs report. Researchers examined national data from 1999 to 2010, with the 2009 data pooled from 13...

2012-07-02 23:00:41

Drug testing is among the most effective ways for physicians to detect and prevent prescription drug diversion and abuse and is an essential tool in the patient treatment process today. (PRWEB) July 01, 2012 The prescription drug abuse problem has skyrocketed in the past decade. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 20,000 Americans die each year of prescription drug abuse. Opioid pain relievers now account for more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. The...

2012-06-21 23:01:15

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates makes it its mission to provide free online educational resources regarding the potential dangers associated with certain medications, has a Web site URL located at http://www.tylenolliverfailure.com. The CJF hereby alerts the public to an article published on the Philly.com Web site that states that children who accidentally overdose on acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, face...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.