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.
Experts point out that throwing pharmaceuticals in the trash or down the toilet can contaminate landfills and wastewater with biologically active chemicals.
Dr. Harris Newman waived his preliminary hearing and was held for trial on charges that include prescribing controlled substances in bad faith and delivery of a controlled substance.