: ' painkillers'

More Women Dying From Painkillers

The number of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers has soared among American women in the past decade, in part due to the over-prescribing of opioid pain medications, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and [...]

Race Plays Major Role in Prescribing

By Pat Anson, Editor Black, Hispanic and poor patients in moderate to severe pain are less likely to receive opioid pain medications in emergency rooms across the U.S., according to a University of Rochester Medical Center [...]

Painkillers Raise Risk Of Heart Failure

By Pat Anson, Editor Researchers and regulators in Europe are warning about serious health problems caused by excessive use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), some of the most widely used over-the-counter painkillers in the world. A [...]

High Doses of Painkillers Raise Risk of Heart Trouble

By Richard Lenti They’re among the most widely used painkillers in the world, but a large new study published in The Lancet warns that high doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may increase the risk of [...]

Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

By Richard Lenti A large new study has documented what many men who use opioid painkillers already know – long term use of the drugs can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). Researchers looked at more than [...]

Pot Users Less Likely to Take Painkillers

By Pat Anson, Editor Marijuana and hydrocodone are two of the most widely used and abused drugs in the U.S. But according to a new study by one of the nation’s largest drug screening companies, chronic [...]

DEA Wants FDA to Restrict Painkillers

By Pat Anson, Editor In a highly unusual move for a federal agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency publicly urged the Food and Drug Administration to change the labeling requirements for opioid painkillers. In a March [...]

Lawmakers Ask FDA to Block Generic Painkillers

By Pat Anson, Editor A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Food and Drugs Administration to stop generic versions of powerful painkillers from coming on the market unless they are made with tamper resistant formulas [...]

Virginia Pain Doc Convicted

By Pat Anson, Editor A Virginia doctor could spend the rest of her life in prison after being convicted of illegally prescribing painkillers to her patients. A jury in Roanoke federal court found Linda Cheek guilty [...]

Parents Numb to Misuse of Pain Meds by Children

By Elizabeth Magill Despite rising rates of overdoses and misuse of narcotic painkillers, a new poll from the University of Michigan reveals most parents aren’t very concerned about their teens’ misuse of pain medicines. Only about [...]