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Some Hospitals Implement Painkiller Tracking Systems Tailored for the ER

Hospitals in some states, including New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming, have developed prescription painkiller tracking systems tailored to emergency rooms, NPR reports. The systems are designed to reduce prescription drug abuse. Some people seeking painkillers repeatedly visit the ER because it has become more difficult to obtain the drugs from…

Almost 90,000 ER Visits Annually Due to Bad Reactions to Psychiatric Drugs

Almost 90,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States are due to adverse reactions to psychiatric medications, according to the Associated Press. The findings come from a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives were the drugs most likely to cause adverse…

Study Finds Increase in Number of Headache Patients Given Narcotics in the ER

Contrary to the advice of many medical groups, more emergency departments are giving headache patients prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers, according to a new study. Between 2001 and 2010, there was a 65 percent increase in emergency department use of narcotic prescriptions for headaches. Hydromorphone and oxycodone were two of…