pain killer abuse

Three-Fourths of High School Students Who Use Heroin Have Also Used Painkillers

A survey of high school students finds 77 percent of those who use heroin say they also have used opioid painkillers for non-medical purposes. The survey of more than 67,000 high school seniors over a five-year period found 12.4 percent reported lifetime nonmedical opioid use and 1.2 percent reported lifetime…

Veterans Say VA Decision to Cut Back on Opioid Prescriptions Leaves Them in Pain

The federal government’s effort to reduce opioid painkiller prescriptions among U.S. veterans has left many of them struggling with chronic pain, the Star Tribune reports. The Minneapolis VA Medical Center has been cutting dosages and cancelling prescriptions, and instead steering many veterans to alternative therapies such as yoga and acupuncture.…