Young people driving epidemic of prescription drug abuse

Contact: David Kelly david.kelly@ucdenver.edu 303-315-6374 University of Colorado Denver Abuse of nonmedical analgesics up 40 percent DENVER (Oct. 16, 2012) – A new study by the University of Colorado Denver reveals that today’s adolescents are abusing prescription pain medications like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations. That makes…

DEA shuts down shipments from Walgreen facility : Suspicion that highly addictive painkillers were being diverted to the black market.

Reuters – Fri, Sep 14, 2012 (Reuters) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it shut down shipments of controlled substances from Walgreen Co’s Florida distribution facility on the suspicion that highly addictive painkillers were being diverted to the black market.               The distribution center in Jupiter, Florida, “failed to conduct due diligence to…

Researchers: Infant drug tests for marijuana are unreliable

By Stephen C. Webster Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:58 EDT The most commonly used drug testing methods for detecting marijuana exposure are unreliable when used on infant babies and “should not be reported” without additional testing and followup by hospital staff and social workers, according to new research published recently in the scientific journal Clinical…