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Painkillers

USA Today
Thu, 2013-04-25

Highlights: Powerful prescription painkillers have become pricier and harder to use. So addicts across the USA are turning to this more volatile drug. The new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague.

DFBS Note: Be on the lookout - workplaces follow communities in drug use.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Mon, 2013-04-22

Highlights: New, nationally projectable survey results confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. Contributing to this sustained trend in teen medicine abuse are the lax attitudes and beliefs of parents and caregivers.

DFBS note: Point one: teens are future workers. Point two: Parents (i.e., workers) don't have a clue. Could be some education would help.

Phoenix Business Journal
Fri, 2013-03-22

Highlights: Addiction to prescription pain pills is impacting productivity in the workplace, costing employers as much as $13,000 for each drug user per year and health insurers up to $72.5 billion each year nationwide.

DFBS Note: Compelling story of worker's addiction that began with prescription for pain medication.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Mon, 2013-03-11

Highlights: Prescription painkiller abuse, which has centered on Eastern and Southern states, is now taking hold in Western states. Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Idaho have the country’s highest prescription drug abuse rates, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Risk and Insurance
Fri, 2013-03-01

Highlights: The workers' compensation industry and the pharmacy benefit managers who help employers manage prescription medication are getting ready for a new class of painkillers. "There has never been a more damaging impact on the cost of workers' compensation claims from a single issue than the abuse of opioid prescriptions for the management of chronic pain," according to a report by Mo.-based insurance broker Lockton Cos.

SAMHSA
Fri, 2013-02-22

Highlights: Emergency department (ED) visits involving use of illicit drugs increased from 2009 to 2011; the rate of visits involving illicit stimulants increased 68 percent, and the rate of visits involving marijuana rose 19 percent. But there were no significant increases in the rates of visits involving narcotic pain relievers from 2009 to 2011.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2013-02-20

Highlights: In total, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses ion 2010. Of the 57 percent whose deaths involved prescription drugs, three-quarters were due to painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet.

Las Angeles Times
Tue, 2013-02-19

Highlights: According to a research letter published Tuesday from the National Center for Health Statistics, 38,329 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2010, an uptick from the previous year and the latest sign of a deadly trend involving prescription painkillers.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2013-01-09

Highlights: Employers in the oil and gas industry are having a difficult time finding enough workers who can pass drug tests. Prescription drug abuse is largely to blame. The problem is particularly acute in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

SAMHSA
Tue, 2013-01-08

Highlights: Combined 2010 and 2011 data indicate that the rate of past year nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among those aged 12 or older was 4.6 percent nationally and ranged from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon. Of the 10 States with the highest rates of past year nonmedical use, 7 were in the West region; of the 10 States with the lowest rates, 4 were in the Midwest region, and 4 were in the Southern region

DFBS note: Take a look at your state data to see what could effect your workplace.

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