Deaths from oxycodone overdoses fell sharply in Florida after the state cracked down on pain clinics and implemented dispensing restrictions.
July 1, 2014 Abuse of narcotic painkillers is a national problem. But it turns out that where you live can make a big difference in how likely you are to get a prescription for the medicines.
Generic hydrocodone plus acetaminophen pills seen in a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt., in 2013.
June 22, 2014 Doctors and patients are trying to balance the need for pain relief and the potential for trouble. In an NPR poll, addiction and side effects were the top concerns.
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Morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin) are strong narcotic pain relievers on their own. Moxduo, a drug now up for FDA approval, would combine morphine and oxycodone in a single capsule.
April 22, 2014 The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.
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The number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is rising in Tennessee, and lawmakers want to try a punitive approach.
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April 21, 2014 The proposal awaiting the governor's signature has bipartisan support, despite doctors' opposition. Critics say it could deter expectant mothers from seeking help, or even encourage more abortions.
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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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