Prescription drug addiction has been all over the news recently, with reports that overdose deaths have reached epidemic levels, and more newborn babies than ever are being born with painkiller addiction. But too many assume that these stats apply only to delinquent drug abusers who find loopholes in the medical system in order to get their kicks. Not so. Last week, we told the story of Karly Long, a 29-year-old who died of an overdose after becoming addicted to prescription drugs in the course of treating her mental illness.
If confirmed, findings suggest an opportunity to screen for prescription drug abuse risk -- and reduce potential for addiction or overdose With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels nationwide, and overdoses killing more people... Read Post
Abuse of prescription painkiller have reached "epidemic" levels in the US, a government report says.Overdoses of pain relievers cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the report has found.It says sales and prescriptions... Read Post