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Scientists Work to Make Prescription Painkillers “Unabusable”

Scientists are working to make prescription painkillers and other commonly misused drugs “unabusable” by reformulating them, according to Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Pharmaceutical companies have an important role to play in fighting prescription drug abuse, by reformulating commonly abused drugs, she said at the…

New MRI Technique May Predict Progress of Dementias

A new technique for analyzing brain images offers the possibility of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the rate of progression and physical path of many degenerative brain diseases, report scientists at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. The technique, developed by…

California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Lacks Participation, Funding

California’s prescription drug monitoring program is not effective in curbing prescription drug abuse, because enrollment in the program is optional, and funding for the program is drying up, according to The New York Times. Of the more than 165,000 physicians and pharmacists statewide, only 1,216 pharmacists and 6,755 doctors are…