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CDC Proposes Softening Guidance on Opioids

Strict 2016 guidelines were 'misused and misapplied'

(Newser) - The nation's top public health agency on Thursday proposed changing—and in some instances softening—guidelines for US doctors prescribing oxycodone and other opioid painkillers. The CDC's previous guidance, issued six years ago, helped slow the kind of prescribing that ignited the worst overdose epidemic in US history,...

NASCAR CEO Allegedly Had BAC Over 0.18 When Stopped
NASCAR CEO Charged With
DWI, Possession in Hamptons
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NASCAR CEO Charged With DWI, Possession in Hamptons

Brian France was arrested Sunday night

(Newser) - NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France spent Monday morning being arraigned in the Hamptons after being pulled over Sunday night in Sag Harbor Village and allegedly found to be under the influence and in possession of oxycodone pills. ESPN reports he was charged with aggravated DWI and criminal possession, and...

Doc Prescribed Him Percocet. It Was All Downhill From There

Inside one former journalist's opioid experience

(Newser) - "It was a miracle I was still alive." So writes a former journalist in describing his battle with opioids—except those words aren't coming from his mouth. They're what a doctor told him in 2012 after reviewing his intake: a prescribed 180 Oxycodone pills a month,...

Prince Had Oxycodone in Bottles Labeled 'Kirk Johnson'

Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg explains why in court documents

(Newser) - A doctor who saw Prince in the days before he died had prescribed the painkiller oxycodone under the name of Prince's friend to protect the musician's privacy, according to court documents unsealed Monday. The documents show authorities searched Paisley Park, cellphone records of Prince's associates, and Prince'...

WV Has 1.84M People, Got 780M Pain Pills
WV Has 1.84M People,
Got 780M Pain Pills

WV Has 1.84M People, Got 780M Pain Pills

Data covers 2007 to 2012

(Newser) - In 2015, the state of West Virginia ranked first in the nation in per-capita opioid overdose deaths, according to CDC data . A new investigation by the Gazette-Mail reveals some harrowing background on how deaths like these may be facilitated. Over the 2007 to 2012 period, some 780 million hydrocodone and...

Addict's Story Touched Obama; Months Later, She Was Dead

Jessica Grubb died of 'oxycodone toxicity' on March 2

(Newser) - "I have sobriety, good books, Netflix, and a wonderful family," Jessica Grubb wrote from a Michigan hospital on Feb. 23, ahead of hip surgery. On March 1, the 30-year-old recovering heroin addict left the hospital with an IV port in her arm and 50 prescribed pills of oxycodone....

Ex-3 Doors Down Bassist Is Headed to Prison

Robert "Todd" Harrell was high on pills

(Newser) - Knee surgeries from "bouncing around on stage for 20 years" left Robert "Todd" Harrell in pain. The pills he took to ease that pain ultimately just led to a whole lot more. Harrell, former bassist of 3 Doors Down, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison after...

11-Year-Olds Can Now Be Prescribed OxyContin

FDA approves drug for severe pain in kids 11 to 16

(Newser) - The FDA has approved the powerful painkiller OxyContin for a new use in children 11 to 16 who are suffering from severe, long-term pain. OxyContin is an extended-release opioid that has long been used to treat around-the-clock pain in adults. But most pain medications are not approved for use in...

Toyota's Top Female Exec Quits After Drug Arrest

American was accused of smuggling painkiller to Japan

(Newser) - Toyota says Julie Hamp, who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations, has resigned as managing officer. The 55-year-old American became the most senior female executive ever at the Japanese automaker when she was appointed head of public relations in April, but things went wrong...

Number of Seniors on Pain Pills Surges, Alarmingly

'USA Today' analysis reveals jump over 5 years

(Newser) - More seniors are getting powerful pain meds for longer periods through Medicare, USA Today reports—and the increases are drastic. One in five seniors now gets prescribed pain drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. The number getting opioid pain medication prescriptions jumped 30% between 2007 and 2012, passing 8.5 million...

Man Drives 2K Miles With Girlfriend's Corpse

Ray Tomlinson's thinking: he had a 48-hour window

(Newser) - Ray Tomlinson set out from Michigan to Arizona to pick up his girlfriend from a mental health facility Sunday—then drove nearly all of the 1,900-mile return trek with her dead body propped up in the passenger seat. Somewhere in New Mexico, Tomlinson nudged her and "she was...

Single Pill Would Combine Morphine ... and Oxycodone
Single Pill Would Mix Morphine ... and Oxycodone
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Single Pill Would Mix Morphine ... and Oxycodone

Its maker will tout Moxduo's benefits to the FDA today, in face of fears

(Newser) - On the one hand are the benefits: A single pill that would allow patients to ingest smaller doses of two drugs than they'd consume if they took the drugs separately, one with a lowered risk of respiratory complications, and one that eases intense pain rapidly. What's not to...

Killer Abortion Doc Gets 30 More Years

Kermit Gosnell convicted in pill mill case

(Newser) - Kermit Gosnell, already sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering babies who were still alive at his Philadelphia abortion clinic, was sentenced to 30 more years in prison yesterday, CNN reports. The 72-year-old ran a "pill mill" out of the same abortion clinic, and pleaded guilty to...

Walgreens Slapped With Record $80M Oxy Fine

One small-town pharmacy was ordering 2.2M pills a year

(Newser) - Walgreens made history yesterday ... by being ordered to pay the largest fine in the history of the US Controlled Substances Act. The drugstore empire was slugged for $80 million for "an unprecedented number" of violations in its sale of oxycodone and other controlled substances, following a probe by the...

FDA Blocks Generic OxyContin
  FDA Blocks Generic OxyContin 

FDA Blocks Generic OxyContin

Move prevents crushable form returning to market

(Newser) - In a big victory for campaigners against prescription drug abuse—as well as for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma—the FDA has blocked generic drugmakers from making their own versions of the powerful painkiller. The ruling came on the day that Purdue's patent on the old, crushable, and widely abused...

Painkiller Sales Exploding in New Parts of US

Pharmacies sold equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone in 2010

(Newser) - Prescription painkiller addiction is a problem that's only getting uglier, reports the AP after analyzing a slew of DEA and pharmaceutical figures. The report focuses on sales of America's leading two prescription painkillers: oxycodone (the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet, and Percodan) and hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab)....

Budweiser Heir Sued Over Girlfriend's Drug Death

Model's family accuses August Busch IV of negligence

(Newser) - Anheuser-Busch heir August Busch IV is being sued by the family of a 27-year-old model who died of a drug overdose at his home last year . The family of Adrienne Martin, Busch's former girlfriend, accuse him of carelessness and negligence in the lawsuit filed on behalf of her 8-year-old son,...

1 Million Oxycodone Prescriptions Filled in New York City, Which Has 8 Million People
 8M New Yorkers, 
 1M Oxycodone Prescriptions 

8M New Yorkers, 1M Oxycodone Prescriptions

Staten Island leads the way

(Newser) - New York City's special narcotics prosecutor unveiled some eye-popping numbers about prescription drugs in the Big Apple, according to the Wall Street Journal :
  • One million prescriptions for the pain reliever oxycodone—the generic name for Oxycontin—were filled in 2010. That's enough for 1 in 8 residents of the five

NYC Busts Drug-Dealing Ice Cream Truck

Oxycodone sellers licked

(Newser) - In New York City's Staten Island, oxycodone addicts were more enthusiastic than little kids about the arrival of the Lickety Split ice cream truck: Some 31 people have been indicted for running a drug ring that investigators say used the ice cream truck to sell the addictive prescription painkiller—and...

Ex-Busch CEO's Girlfriend OD'd on Oxycodone

Adrienne Martin was found at August Busch IV's home in December

(Newser) - The dead woman found at the home of ex-Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV accidentally overdosed on the painkiller oxycodone, the medical examiner said yesterday. Friends previously said Adrienne Martin, 27, was firmly against illegal drugs, but Busch had speculated medication she was taking could be to blame for her death....

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