Prescription Drugs are becoming easier to get:

Prescription drugs are everywhere these days, and they’re becoming easier and easier to get. In 2008 there was a staggering 20,044 cases of death from prescription overdose. Of those numbers, 14,800 were from narcotic painkillers.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, says that the majority of people who die from prescription overdoses haven’t taken their own prescriptions. These victims of the prescription drug epidemic may have gotten the drug any number of ways – they may have found them in the medicine cabinet at home, or they could have acquired them from a friend or family member.

Educating Doctors about the Dangers of Prescription Drugs is a Must

Doctors are also partially to blame as they have been known to hand out prescriptions more easily in recent years. Most doctors are actually interested in their patients’ well being …

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Canadian Coroner Offers Words of Warning about OxyNEO

A recent article from CBC News out of Canada caught our eye and we wanted to share.

A coroner has made a statement to health care professionals in Canada warning them that OxyContin replacement drugs (like OxyNEO) are still very dangerous and increased caution should be used in prescribing them.

His statement comes as a result of an opiate overdose and in his words: “Transitioning from one opiate to another does carry some risks, and this death … highlighted the case for heightened vigilance,” Wilson said.

Users May Subconsciously Seek Higher Doses of OxyNEO

Wilson wanted to highlight the dangers that are inherent in switching drugs.  Many users who are not happy with the sensation of OxyNEO (or another OxyContin replacement like OxyIR or fentanyl) might prescribing physicians to clarify any questionable increases in dosage.

Dr. Wilson encourages  pharmacists to …

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