Tags: prescription drug abuse

Tiger Woods and America’s Prescription Drug Problem

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When Tiger Woods was arrested early last Monday morning for DUI, he unwittingly became the face of a growing problem in America. Unlike most DUI’s that get reported in the media, Woods wasn’t driving under the influence of alcohol or any other illicit substance. Instead, the incident was the result of “an unexpected reaction to […]

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Killing more than pain

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Prescription drug deaths have soared and the face of addiction is changing. Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death from heroin overdose came on the heels of his relapse on to prescribed painkillers and then to heroin. Hoffman, sober for many years, fell back into addiction following treatment for an injury involving prescribed pain medication. Doctors routinely prescribe […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Apparent Overdose at 46

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I was having brunch on Sunday with friends while we watched the snow fall. My cell phone beeped and the story about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apparent overdose came up on the screen. I mentioned his death to my friends who remembered his name, but not the many roles he played until we listed the movies and thought […]

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Which War on Drugs?

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Recently prescription drug abuse related deaths in Oklahoma surpassed illegal or street drug related deaths. Is the “War on Drugs” fighting the right enemy? Or, should the focus on drug abuse and addiction be shifted to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. Maybe, the battlegrounds of the war should include expanding treatment and prevention […]

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New improved OxyContin Leads to Other Opioid Abuse: Getting on a new “horse”

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In 2010 an abuse deterrent formulation of OxyContin was introduced. With this new formulation, “Oxy” would be harder to crush and put into solution for snorting or injection and it was believed that OxyContin abuse and addiction would decline.  A study of people entering substance abuse treatment programs for primary prescription opioid addiction involved a […]

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