prescription drug abuse

Two Former Drug Salesmen Arrested for Allegedly Paying Doctors to Prescribe Fentanyl

Two former drug salesmen were arrested last week for allegedly paying physicians to prescribe fentanyl, USA Today reports. Fentanyl has received heavy scrutiny after it was announced Prince died from an accidental overdose of the drug. Fentanyl, a powerful opioid, can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine,…

Opioid Taper Program Helps Patients Take Less Medication Without More Pain

A new study suggests many patients who are taking a high dose of opioid medication to treat chronic pain are willing to taper off their medication if they are given guidance in how to cope with pain without drugs. In many cases, patients who are able to taper off opioids…

Study Links Economic Downturns and Drug Use

A new study concludes economic downturns lead to an increase in substance use disorders involving prescription pain relievers and hallucinogens. The connection is strongest among middle-aged white males with low levels of education. The researchers studied the Great Recession of 2007-2009 and its potential impact on substance use, The Wall…

Employers Facing Challenges in Dealing With Prescription Drug Abuse

Employers face a number of challenges in dealing with workers’ prescription drug abuse. Studies show people with addictions are much more likely to be sick, absent or use workers’ compensation benefits, according to NPR. Opioids are often prescribed in workers’ compensation cases when painkillers are called for, the article notes.…

Teens Who Misuse Prescription Drugs More Likely to Engage in Risky Sexual Behavior

Teens who misuse prescription medications are more likely to have sex and engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study concludes. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found teens who misused prescription drugs were more likely than their peers who didn’t use prescription drugs for recreational reasons…