FDA Requires Lower Doses For Ambien, Other Sleep MedicationsThe Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.
New Awareness Campaign Launches To Fight Teen Prescription Drug AbuseAccording to the The Partnership at Drugfree.org, one in six teens has used prescription painkillers to get high and nearly two-thirds of teens who misuse prescription medication get the pills from family members and friends.
L.I. Officials Dealing With 'Perfect Storm' Of Teen Substance Abuse Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, is now seeing anguish and heartbreak after numbers keep increasing and resources continue to dwindle.
A.G. Schneiderman Continues Lauding I-STOP ProgramSoon, when you got to a doctor in New York, he or she will be able to see all of the prescriptions you've had for painkillers.
Schneiderman Lauds Passage Of I-STOP Prescription History Check ProgramAmid a recent trend of abuse and violence involving prescription painkillers, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday lauded a new measure aimed at stemming the problem.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 12 - NYS Health Dept. Gets Retooled For Prescription Drug AbuseTerry O'Leary, the new head of the New York State Health Department's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, has his work cut out for him, retooling an agency to deal with the overprescribing of prescription painkillers.
Suffolk County Grand Jury Addresses Prescription Painkiller AbuseThe panel has offered several solutions and recommendations to address the epidemic after hearing testimony from 38 witnesses and considering 123 exhibits.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 11 - Undoing The Damage Of The Painkiller PushMajor pharmaceutical companies saw dollar signs when they first began to push doctors to freely prescribe powerful opiate-based painkillers for just about anything, WCBS 880's Irene Cornell reported. Now there is a major public health crisis.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 10 - Mother Distrusts Doctors After Son's Overdose DeathMaria Basmas just experienced her first Mother's Day without her son Christopher. He died in October after overdosing on prescription painkillers. He was only 29-years-old.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 9 - Recovering Painkiller Addict Blames Doctors For EpidemicRecovering painkiller addict Michel Green told WCBS 880's Irene Cornell he was shocked when, after experiencing knee pain, a doctor offered him another addictive painkiller.
WCBS 880 Special Series: Bad Medicine - Part 8 - Dr. Battles Pharmaceutical Co.'s In Fight Against Overprescription"The sales for these medications continue to skyrocket, to a point at which the U.S. is now consuming more than 80 percent of the entire world's opioid supply," Dr. Andrew Kolodny told WCBS 880's Irene Cornell.