Dr. Catherine Soprano, a pediatrician at Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, says at times there is need for such a medication if the child has significant pain from illness, surgery or trauma.
William O’Brien III, 49, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and his receptionist, 29-year-old Angela Rongione, have been charged with illegally distributing Oxycodone and Xanax.
Last year, in Delaware, more young adults died from overdoses of prescription drugs than automobile accidents and the CDC points to a national problem as well.
The American Academy of Neurology warns that the risk of using opioids for headache, back pain and other chronic pain is not worth the risk.
Police are searching for the suspect who wore a skeleton-style mask and stole nearly 600 pain-killing pills from a Montgomery County pharmacy.
We have a major public health problem in this country and it has to do with the overuse of opioid medications.
Prescription drug abuse has become such a big issue that computer technology is now in place in many states to track the flow of these medications.
There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of women dying from prescription drug overdoses.
Three types of ‘patients’ turn to doctors for pain medication: those who are in pain, those who are addicted to the drugs and those who are filling prescriptions only to sell the drugs on the street.
Law enforcement agencies are on alert for people who are willing to acquire a powerful painkiller called Opana at point of gun.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General says a former Hatboro police detective is under arrest accused of using his position of authority to steal evidence and use confidential informants to buy drugs for his personal use.
A grand jury indicted a South Jersey man who’s charged for practicing medicine for years without having a license.
The vast majority of physicians find themselves caught between patients who need strong pain medications to deal with chronic problems and manipulative drug addicts just looking for a fix.
While it will take weeks to determine exactly what took her life, one thing is certain: prescription drug abuse in this country is a growing problem.
A baby born dependent on such drugs as methadone or oxycontin requires an average of five weeks in the hospital for treatment with morphine.