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Painkillers

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2012-12-05

Highlights: The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has alerted U.S. law enforcement to prepare for a potential influx of painkillers from Canada, which has given approval to six generic drug companies to manufacture oxycodone products. The United States will face a similar decision about whether to approve generic versions of powerful painkillers. A U.S. patent on the original formulation of OxyContin will expire next April.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Fri, 2012-11-30

Highlights: As Kentucky begins to see results from its crackdown on prescription drug abuse, officials report a rise in heroin use. Law enforcement officials say heroin imported from Mexico and Central America is cheaper and more easily available than prescription opioids, such as Oxycodone.

DFBS note: A trend repeated in many parts of the country.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
Wed, 2012-10-17

Highlights: Nearly 1 in 12 injured workers who were prescribed narcotic painkillers still were on the drugs three to six months later, according to a new report on worker's compensation claims. The report also found that drug testing and psychological evaluation, two measures designed to reduce abuse of the drugs, were not being done most of the time.

Denver Post
Tue, 2012-10-16

Highlights: Teenagers and young adults are driving the epidemic in opioid painkiller abuse, according to a new study by University of Colorado Denver professor of public health. Americans age 15 to 27 are abusing painkillers at a rate 40 percent higher than what is expected for their age group.

DFBS note: Pay attention if your workforce is young. And consider providing facts about prescription painkiller abuse.

The New England Journal of Medicine
Thu, 2012-07-12

Highlights: In August 2010, an abuse-deterrent formulation of the widely abused prescription opioid OxyContin was introduced to make OxyContin more difficult to solubilize or crush, thus discouraging abuse through injection and inhalation. This formulation successfully reduced Oxycontin abuse, but also led to an increase in the use of heroin, a drug that may pose a much greater overall risk to public health than OxyContin.

DFBS note: Kind of like "whack-a-drug-mole".

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Thu, 2012-07-12

Highlights: Oxycontin abuse has decreased now that the painkiller has been reformulated to make it more difficult to misuse. Many people who abused the drug have switched to heroin.

DFBS note: Staying on top of community drug use trends can alert you to a potential workplace risk.

USA Today
Wed, 2012-07-11

Highlights: This rise of Opana abuse illustrates the adaptability of drug addicts and the never-ending challenge facing law enforcement authorities, addiction specialists and pharmaceutical companies. Just when they think they have curbed abuse and stopped trafficking of one drug, another fills the void. Opana's dangerous new popularity arose when OxyContin's manufacturer changed its formula to deter users from crushing, breaking or dissolving the pill so it could be snorted or injected to achieve a high.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2012-07-11

Highlights: The rise in popularity of the painkiller Opana illustrates the challenges facing law enforcement ... Opana misuse became more common after the company that makes OxyContin reformulated the drug to make it more difficult to abuse.

DFBS note: Illegal drug markets adapt quickly. Keep up with trends to anticipate what you may see in your workforce.

Risk and Insurance
Tue, 2012-07-03

Highlights: The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas granted summary judgment to an employer on an operator's claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. According to this court, the ADA's definition of an employee with a disability does not include an individual engaging in the illegal misuse of prescription painkillers.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2012-04-25

Highlights: A new national survey finds people who abuse prescription painkiller for the first time often get their pills for free from family or friends.

DFBS note: Communicate this to your employees to help prevent drug abuse problems.

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