October 29, 2013 Prescription painkillers don't work for many people, and some people are helped by treatments like meditation that don't rely on drugs. The varied responses may stem from fundamental differences in how people's brains react to pain. Some minds can wander away from pain, while others just can't turn away.
October 18, 2013 Accidental drug overdoses have long been seen as problems more common in neighborhoods that are poor and troubled. But prescription opioids have brought overdose deaths to the middle class, a study in New York City finds. Opioid overdoses were more common in higher-income neighborhoods than heroin overdoses.
September 10, 2013 In the latest attempt to stem an epidemic of opioid painkiller overdoses, the FDA tightened prescribing guidelines. The drugs should only be used for patients with severe pain when other treatments have failed, the agency says, not for moderate pain.
July 30, 2013 Some ibuprofen and maybe some physical therapy are all it takes to make most back pain go away. But a study finds that doctors and patients are increasingly turning to fancy scans and opioid painkillers. They typically don't help, and increase the risk of addiction and overdose.
July 3, 2013 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report women are more likely to have chronic pain. They're also more likely to shop around for a doctor who will prescribe pain pills.
April 24, 2013 Wondering what to do with that Vicodin that's gathering dust in the medicine cabinet? The DEA is happy to take it off your hands. That method spares the environment and solves a pesky problem: giving a narcotic like that to anyone other than the person whose name is on the prescription is a felony.
April 18, 2013 A push to make narcotic painkillers harder to abuse means that generic versions of OxyContin won't be allowed. But drugs that are more resistant to abuse are expensive and can still be addictive.
March 6, 2013 Many doctors and patients expect too much from prescription opioids as pain relievers, some physicians say. These expectations need to be reined in to curtail drug abuse and overdoses that claim more than 16,000 lives a year in the U.S., they say.
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.