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Medication misuse

The Partnership at
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.

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.

The Partnership at
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
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 Partnership at
Mon, 2012-09-24

Highlights: A new government survey finds the number of young adults ages 18 to 25 who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past month declined 14 percent, from 2 million in 2010, to 1.7 million in 2011.

DFBS note: Nice to hear some good news about trends in prescription medication 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
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.

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