Abuse of painkillers reaches ‘epidemic’ levels in US

Overdoses of pain relievers cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the report has found. It says sales and prescriptions of the drugs have risen sharply in recent years and this was linked to the rise in overdoses. Narcotic painkillers are prescribed to...

Teens who misused painkillers

Dr. Li-Tzy Wu and colleagues at Duke University and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation found that 1 percent of the 36,992 respondents age 12 to 17 to the 2006-2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) met the criteria for a diagnosis of abuse...

Managing Chronic Pain & Medication Misuse

  David Loffert was a success. He was two years into a Ph.D. program. He ran his own consulting firm. He’d published papers and developed a patent. He had just one problem: migraine headaches.       He consulted a doctor, who gave him pills for...
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