: ' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'

Health Officials Say Whooping Cough Vaccines Losing Effectiveness

The number of whooping cough cases in the United States may reach a record high in 2012, a spike most likely caused by the waning effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for [...]

Methadone: Too Risky to Treat Pain

Nearly a third of the deaths caused by prescription painkillers in the U.S. involve methadone and doctors are prescribing the drug too often to treat pain, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease [...]

Dramatic Increase in Chronic Abuse of Painkillers

The abuse of prescription painkillers has increased dramatically over the last decade, particularly among men, according to a new report by a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control. Between 2002 and 2010, there was nearly [...]

U.S. Poisoning Deaths Rise Sharply

Poisoning deaths in the U.S. have risen sharply and are now the leading cause of accidental death among white Americans, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which [...]

Doctors Say Drug Monitoring Programs Need Improvement

Many states have turned to prescription drug monitoring programs (PMPs) as a way to battle the abuse of opioid painkillers and other federally scheduled medicines. PMPs require doctors and pharmacists to report to a state registry [...]

We don’t want physicians to be cops — We want them to be honest.

This column is written as a voice for the true victims of the prescription drug epidemic – patients and family members whose physicians were encouraged by the medical establishment to prescribe large doses of opioids. Some, [...]

Public Swimming Pools: A Way to Stay Cool or Communal Cesspools?

With Memorial Day fast approaching, millions of Americans are looking forward to the summer pool season. Others, however, wouldn’t be caught dead swimming in a public pool – because they believe the water is contaminated with [...]

Vacationing with a Child with Allergies or Asthma

Food allergies and asthma kill over 3,000 children, and result in more than one million emergency room visits each year, according to the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. With the summer travel [...]

Demise of American Pain Foundation Can Help End the Opioid Lunacy

In the lunacy of the over-prescribing of opioids for all levels of pain in the U.S. and Canada, there is now a large dose of sanity.  That sanity is an organization called Physicians for Responsible Opioid [...]

American Pain Foundation Calls It Quits

The American Pain Foundation, a non-profit organization that came under fire for its ties to the pharmaceutical industry, has abruptly ceased operations. “With deep regret and heavy hearts, we sadly inform you that due to irreparable [...]