About 50 Americans die every day from a prescription drug overdose — a tally that, in most states, turns out to be more than deaths from car accidents.
Many private insurance companies and state Medicaid agencies across the country impose sharp limitations on access to medications used in the treatment of the addiction to prescription painkillers known as opioids.
Every three minutes a woman goes to an emergency department for prescription painkiller abuse or misuse. Everyday about 18 women die of a prescription painkiller overdose.
The majority of surveyed teens who were prescribed medications, including those with abuse potential, had unsupervised access to them in the home.
Nationally, about 13,500 infants were born with drug withdrawal symptoms in 2009, about one baby each hour, according to a 2012 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Proponents of legalized recreational marijuana touted millions in taxes that could be collected. But don’t count that money yet.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cigarette smoking is down in all grades. For example, just 10 percent of 10th graders reported smoking a cigarette at least once in the past 30 days — down from 25 percent in 1999. But percentage of 10th and 12th graders who smoke marijuana is nearly double the percentage of cigarette smokers.
Less money for vaccinating children, providing HIV testing, treating substance abuse and preparing for biological, chemical and radiological disasters.
“The increases in poisoning, largely due to prescription pain medication, have been most dramatic over the past decade, signaling a need to rethink how pain medications are prescribed and used,”
Binge drinking is not widely recognized as a women’s health problem, but drinking too much – including binge drinking – results in about 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A feature article on efforts in Washington state to address the epidemic of prescription painkiller overdose deaths by LocalHealthGuide editor Michael McCarthy appears this week in the BMJ, the journal of the British Medical Society.