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Written Opioid Prescriptions Down 10% in Wisconsin

A state system to track prescription painkillers in Wisconsin to prevent abuse shows a nearly 10 percent drop in the number of opioid prescriptions written and filled compared to this time last year. Wisconsin’s Controlled Substance Board recently published its …

Pro-Painkiller Echo Chamber Shaped Policy Amid Drug Epidemic

For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington with messages touting prescription painkillers‘ vital role in the lives of millions of Americans, creating an echo chamber that has quietly derailed …

Fatal Car Crash Study Suggests Medical Marijuana May Help Curb Opioid Abuse

A study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that there were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect. The …

California Legislation Cracks Down on Opioid Doctor Shoppers

As a defensive strong safety on his high school football team, Aaron Rubin was no stranger to injury treatment. He’d apply ice, take ibuprofen and – unbeknownst to his parents – self-medicate with prescription drugs. Over time, as treatment turned …

Training to Curb Painkiller Abuse Expanded by US Medical Schools

At first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication. After a few questions, though, she …

Ohio Pharmacists Take on New Role in Battle Against Addictions

A tool for helping battle Ohio’s deadly addictions epidemic is adding new dimensions to the jobs of pharmacists. A state computerized reporting system gives pharmacists quick access to patients’ prescribing histories as they weigh whether to fill suspicious prescriptions. It’s …

Impact of Prescription Drug Abuse Felt by Many Indiana Businesses

The majority of Indiana companies that responded to a survey tied to the state’s growing woes with prescription medication abuse say their businesses are being affected by workplace abuse or misuse of those drugs, according to findings released Monday. About …

New England Politicians Speak Out Against Prescription Opioid Abuse

Political leaders from across New England met with business leaders recently to discuss ways to combat New England’s deadly opioid addiction problem, including tightening regulations around prescription painkillers. In addition, Massachusetts’ top medical schools said they’ve reached an agreement with …

Pharmacy Survey Finds Workers’ Comp Drug Spend Increased 6.4% Since 2014

Workers’ compensation payers reported an increase of 6.4 percent in their 2014 drug spend, according to CompPharma’s 12th Annual Survey of Prescription Drug Management. “This increase is significant, especially in light of last year’s survey showing a 3.8 percent decrease …

Study Identifies Factors Affecting Prescription Pain Reliever Misuse

In a nationwide study, researchers from the University of Georgia School of Social Work found that individuals of any age who used illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin within the past year had a higher likelihood of misusing …