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America Consumes 80% World's Painkillers
2012-05-11 13:01:26

According to a congressional testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, 80 percent of the world's painkillers are consumed in the U.S. BBC News reports that Americans consume enough painkillers for each of its citizens to have 64 Percocets or Vicodin. The report said that prescription drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year, which is more than what heroin and cocaine total combined. The number of those who are taking painkillers is a 600 percent increase...

2012-05-09 23:01:05

On April 19th, 2012 the US FDA issued a safety alert to warn patients, caregivers and health care professionals about the dangers of accidental exposure to and improper storage and disposal of the Fentanyl patch because young children have died or become seriously ill from accidental exposure to the patch. Fentanyl is the generic name for an extremely potent synthetic narcotic drug often used for cancer patients. On January 3rd, 2012, a California man, Jose Campuzano filed a lawsuit (case no...

2012-05-09 09:22:09

During the six years following the withdrawal of the analgesic co-proxamol in the UK in 2005, there was a major reduction in poisoning deaths involving this drug, without apparent significant increase in deaths involving other analgesics. These are the findings of a study by Keith Hawton of the University of Oxford, UK and colleagues and published in this week's PLoS Medicine. Co-proxamol, a prescription analgesic (or pain killer) containing paracetamol and the opioid dextropropoxyphene,...

Teens More Likely To Misuse Pain Medications
2012-05-08 13:21:28

As teenagers continue to experiment with different ways to get drunk or high, their methods can become increasingly more dangerous, posing significant future health threats. Now, a recent survey of American teens suggests those around 16 years old are more likely to abuse prescription pain relievers to get high. These findings have been published online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Clinicians, doctors, physicians and public health officials have noted the...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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