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Study examines Florida’s pill mill law, prescription drug monitoring program

Legislative efforts by the state of Florida to reduce prescription drug abuse and diversion appear to be associated with modest decreases in opioid prescribing and use, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Prescription opioids provide necessary pain relief to millions of Americans but rates of opioid diversion, addiction and overdose deaths [...]

Frequent trips to ER are powerful predictor of death from prescription drug overdoses

With rates of prescription drug overdose at an all-time high, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that among individuals who visited the emergency department, the risk of subsequently dying from prescription drug overdose increased markedly based on how many times they visited the ER. Relative to patients with one or fewer [...]

Despite broad awareness, only half of doctors use prescription drug monitoring programs

Survey finds that usability barriers dampen participation yet nearly three-quarters who use state databases report prescribing fewer opioids In a new survey, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that physicians report relatively high awareness of state databases that track drug prescriptions but more than one-fifth indicated they were not aware [...]

Participants in novel drug intervention program have increased brain activation to healthy pleasures

U professor Eric Garland developed Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery-Enhancement to change the face of intervention and treatment for drug abusers. How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? Learn to enjoy other aspects of their lives. That’s the key finding in a new study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine by Eric [...]

FDA issues final rule on changes to pregnancy and lactation labeling information for prescription drug and biological products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a final rule that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products. The new content and formatting requirements will provide a more consistent way to include relevant information about the risks and [...]