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    1. Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Costs

               By Shefali Luthra        Every day, headlines detail the casualties of the nation’s surge in heroin and prescription painkiller abuse: the funerals, the broken families and the patients cycling in and out of treatment. Now, a new study sheds light on another repercussion — how this public h

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    2. Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

               By Barbara Feder Ostrov        An outbreak of poisonings linked to a counterfeit prescription painkiller — previously seen in the Sacramento region — has reached the Bay Area, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.        The CDC reported Tuesday that seven patients were treated

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    3. Heavy Pot Use in Teens Linked to Shortened Life

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compu

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    4. Painkiller May Be New Heroin Addiction Treatment

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hydromorphone -- an opioid painkiller -- may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to com

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    5. Monthly Shot Cuts Relapse Risk in Opioid Addicts

      March 30, 2016 -- It’s been called a magic shot or miracle drug for opioid addiction. The medication, a once-monthly injection called Vivitrol, appears to cut the risk of relapse in half, at least while people get the shots. “I think this deserves a lot of attention,” said Francis Collins, MD, PhD,

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    6. Obama Seeks to Expand Opioid Addiction Treatment

      March 29, 2016 -- President Barack Obama traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday to shine a light on the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, which continues to get worse. More than 28,000 Americans accidentally overdosed on opioids in 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. About half of th

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    7. Most Doctors 'Overprescribe' Narcotic Painkillers

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When American doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit, new research suggests. And some doctors exceeded that li

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    8. FDA Wants Abuse-Deterrent Generic Painkillers

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Continuing their push to combat the nation's epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Thursday urged generic drug makers to take steps to redesign potent drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to

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    9. Heavy Pot Use Tied to Midlife Social, Money Issues

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults who've smoked a lot of pot for a long time may find themselves with lower paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs, a new study finds. These people may also suffer more money problems and hav

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    10. FDA Orders Warnings on Narcotic Painkillers

      By E.J. Mundell and Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporters TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping to curb a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced that certain drugs will get new "boxed warnings" about the dangers of misuse. The move by the U

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