Hydrocodone pills, the generic version of Vicodin, shown at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
February 20, 2013 Pharmaceuticals were involved in more than half of the 38,329 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2010. Opioid painkillers, such as hydrocodone, were the most common prescription drugs involved. But drugs for mental health conditions were also implicated often.
Opana is the latest painkiller that's become popular with drug abusers.
July 25, 2012 Prescription drug abuse has soared in the past decade, leading pharmaceutical companies to alter the recipes for their painkillers to thwart misuse. But communities fighting the growing problem see drug users switching to new medicines to get around the changes.
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August 31, 2010 Mexican police put alleged drug king Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka, La Barbie, on display.
July 28, 2010 The House voted to narrow the gap in disparate penalties in crack and powder cocaine.
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