Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Pain Meds, Study FindsIn patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping.
Discovery Opens Door For Homemade Morphine, PainkillersScientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
Friends Common Source Of Abused Prescription MedsMajority of people who abuse prescription painkillers get the drugs for free from friends or relatives.
CDC: Female Drug Overdose Deaths Increased 400 Percent In DecadeU.S. health officials say middle-aged women are the fastest-growing group of people dying from drug overdoses.
Study: 70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription DrugsResearch finds that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions.
Ga. Lawmakers OK Crackdown On So-Called Pill Mills As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia's lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing powerful painkillers to drug dealers and addicts for an illicit high.