Addiction and Drug Use

Checkup: Safe Disposal Of Opioids

Oct 10, 2014
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In September, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would allow patients to return unused opioid painkillers to pharmacies, as a way to tackle the growing issue of prescription drug abuse. Deborah Frye, Deputy Director of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, explains why this is a step in the right direction. 

  

The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine and oxycodone.

An Almost Addiction

Jul 26, 2014
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It's possible to be almost addicted to a substance, according to Wesley Boyd, who co-authored the book "Almost Addicted" in 2012. Dr. Boyd is the founder of the Human Rights and Asylum Clinic at CHA; a physiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance; and on the faculty of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. 

Prescriptions for narcotic painkillers have surged in recent years. Fatal overdoses and abuse of the drugs have risen, too. Doctors and patients are grappling with how to balance the need for pain relief with the potential for trouble.

Zapping Addiction

Jun 2, 2014
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Addictive habits, like smoking, are hard to break, but did you know that switching cells on in the brain may be key to helping addicts kick their habit?

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Addictive habits, like smoking, are hard to break, but did you know that switching cells on in the brain may be key to helping addicts kick their habit?

Sound Medicine: April 20, 2014

Apr 20, 2014

The "Sound Medicine" program for April 20

  • Ebola outbreak in Guinea
  • The "gate-keeping" role of pharmacists
  • Insurance coverage of rehabilitation for prescription painkiller addiction

Marijuana As Medical Therapy

Jan 26, 2014
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Sound Medicine: January 5, 2014

Jan 5, 2014

The “Sound Medicine” program for January 5, 2014

  • Waking up to opioids and stopping the cycle of addiction 

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