April 9, 2013 at 6:35 am Comments (0)
Prescription drugs are meant to help us, not harm us, but some people turn these tools for health into weapons of self-destruction by abusing them.
Operation UNITE, based in Kentucky, held the second National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, Florida April 2-4 to help raise awareness of prescription drug abuse and to facilitate solutions to the nationwide problem.
This year’s event featured a congressional panel with members of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, as well as a bevy of keynote speakers that included many of the top names in the fight against drug abuse (both prescription and illicit) in the country.
But keynote speakers were just one element to the summit, which also included educational sessions specific to pharmacists, clinicians, law enforcement, workers’ compensation administrators, insurance administrators and others involved in the dissemination of prescription drugs.
If you happen to have missed the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, check out my Twitter summary and what I garnered from Twitter about the summit.
February 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm Comments (2)
You’re sure to remember when the first morning after pill levonorgestrel came out several years ago and the uproar it caused in the process. Now there’s a new morning after pill and it’s causing just as much heated debate. Why? While levonorgestrel is a drug designed to protect a woman from conception up to 3 days after unprotected sex the new drug Ellaone is capable of doing the same job up to 5 days after, a point that has many concerned that the drug is actually an abortion pill.
“If you take a morning-after pill within 24 hours, there is always the argument that the sperm may not have fertilized the egg by then, meaning pregnancy has not yet happened,” Josephine Quintavalle, of the Pro-Life Alliance said. “But if this pill works for five days there is no argument. This is not a contraceptive, it is an abortive agent.”
Ellaone is already available in Europe where it’s only available by prescription (levonorgestrel is widely available there without prescription and at a 3rd of the cost of Ellaone) and is now making waves in the U.S. where controversy swarms about the drug and it’s predecessor.
Many women have taken levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancies after having unprotected sex. It’s widely available without a prescription in the UK and most of Europe and you take it as a single dose. Studies have shown that levonorgestrel can help prevent many but not all pregnancies. Women who take Ellaone within one to five days of having unprotected sex are less likely to become pregnant than women who took levonorgestrel instead. The main debate is over the point at which an actual baby going to be in the woman’s womb after unprotected sex.
October 16, 2009 at 9:58 am Comment (1)
You can give your teen a confidential, at home test for marijuana by testing him or her at home. This confidential urine test will pick up the THC in the system. This is an easy test to administer and you can find out the results right away.
There are many at home marijuana testing kits that are used, usually by parents of teens who may be worried that their child is taking marijuana. When the parents use this at home testing kit, they can find out first hand if their teen is smoking pot and then deal with the situation if the test shows up positive. Because it is a confidential test, there is no risk of getting anyone else involved in the problem.
If you are a parent who wants to learn if your teen has been taking marijuana, you can find out the truth if you do a confidential, at home drug test that will reveal if there is any THC in the system through the urine.
October 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm Comments (0)
A new version of the common pain relief drug made by Purdue Pharma LP has been made and is being considered by the FDA. The newer Oxycotin is being touted as a much harder pill than in previous versions (it has a coating with a plastic quality) thereby making it much harder to crush for snorting or injecting with the purpose drug abuse .
Awaiting approval by the FDA (they want the company to prove the drugs ability to better withstand tampering) the drug has been in the testing phase since going before an advisory board to the FDA last year.
Oxycotin was made to offer pain relief over the course of a 12 hour period for those in severe pain. Not long after its release in 1996 however, it was being abused to achieve a high like that produced by the illegal drug heroin and the abuse of the drug has persisted ever since. Problems like these have prompted the FDA to try making programs that warn against the abuse to no effect. As a result they’ve begun to encourage drug makers to help remedy the problem by producing drugs that are harder to tamper with.
October 2, 2009 at 5:25 am Comments (0)
Many employers are reluctant to put substance abuse testing as part of their workplace policies because they are confident of their own means of spotting users among their employees. However, being able to spot a user is usually difficult unless the employee in question has already sunk to the deep lows of his or her substance abuse.
How can employers detect if their employees are abusing drugs or alcohol? At the start, this will manifest in increased tardiness and absence from work, in missed deadlines, and in various errors in doing work due to lack of attention or better judgment. Later on, these problems will escalate to lack of dependability, repeated disappearance from work, decreased level of impulse control, or legal and financial problems. It may also come to a point when work becomes a hindrance in the mind of the user, and he or she will accede to taking a drug test just so he or she can get out of work and continue using without any disturbance.
For full version of this article, please visit “Most Common Effects of Substance Abuse on Job Performance at the Workplace“.
October 1, 2009 at 5:15 am Comments (0)
How the mind processes memories has always been a cause for fascination among medical researchers. This fascination has led these researchers to develop drugs that can help treat diseases that affect cognitive functions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ADHD. However, because these drugs have been found to be able to stimulate the mind and enhance the way it processes memory, many creative and enterprising people have found other ways to take advantage of the benefits of these drugs.
These drugs are now used for many other purposes, such as making a student’s memory sharper as he or she crams for an exam. This has given rise to a class of drugs called nootropics or memory enhancers that are sold aggressively on the Internet. Nonetheless, it should be noted that these drugs should not be used without proper prescription. Otherwise, unregulated use of these drugs may cause severe side effects on the body.
For full version of this article, please visit “Memory Enhancing Drugs: Fact or Fiction…?“.
September 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm Comment (1)
Phenergan (also known as promethazine), a drug intended for use as an intravenous anti-nausea drug has been required to have a strict safety warning placed on its label by Food and Drug Administration. What’s caused the FDA to act so strongly? Apparently Phenergan when injected by accident into an artery can cause serious tissue damage and even gangrene, issues that could become serious enough to require amputation.
The decision to demand a warning comes after a Supreme Court case was made forcing Wyeth, the drug’s maker to pay 6.8 million to a Vermont musician who lost her arm and hand to the drug after it was accidently injected into an artery in 2000. In an appeal Wyeth pled that the FDA had labeled a less strict warning adequate enough for the drug. At the time drug companies were hoping that cases like this one would kill lawsuits made by people who felt that drug warnings weren’t clear enough about the potentially harmful and debilitating effects of certain drugs and therefore caused their injuries. Was drug maker Wyeth or the FDA more responsible for any harmful side effects that occurred due to the less than clear warning placed on the drug?
It seems clear based on this change in the warning that the FDA is starting to be more concerned with protecting patients and upholding safety than they once appeared to be.
September 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm Comments (0)
The NFL’s drug testing program may no longer be enforceable; thanks to a federal court ruling and they might not be the only U.S. sport that will be facing the backlash. The NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA have all begun programs in an effort to discipline players who’ve been found to be using illegal steroids. Now thanks to the ruling these players will be able to use state courts to challenge suspensions made based on doping charges from their sports leagues.
The ruling made in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals of Minneapolis upheld the ruling of a lower court prohibiting the NFL from suspending two Minnesota Vikings who were being punished for violating the anti-doping policy. Stating that state level courts could be used to contest suspensions of this type, the court made the ruling on the basis of laws barring employers from suspending or firing an employee on the basis of an initial positive drug test.
The NFL like most sports leagues had been making suspension policies that penalized players for positive tests not considering these laws that exist in Minnesota and several other states. The ruling is viewed as a major change in the overall bargaining process for players, potentially opening new doors for players who hadn’t previously been able to lay claim to rights that regular employees experienced every day.
September 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm Comments (0)
The chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, Gordon Taylor has revealed his opposition to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s expected pronouncement that home drug testing be done on soccer players before the World Cup finals. Citing the view that such action would be an invasion of privacy for players he also expressed concern that it might be directed at certain key players who he feels will also be expected to dictate where they are and what they’re doing 365 days a year.
Taylor goes on to say that he has no problem complying with the standard drug testing already used by the WADA policy but is concerned that these new regulations will focus on injured players in order to make sure they heal without the use of drugs that could “speed up” the process of healing. Focusing on healing back to a state of fitness by standard means, he feels WADA is trying to force the players to conform to a certain standard even in their private lives where social drugs could be in use outside the sports competition that WADA was made to regulate.
September 27, 2009 at 1:30 am Comments (0)
Ecstasy has been given many names throughout the decades. Before it became Ecstasy, it was known as MDMA, a by-product of the drugs manufactured by Merck to stop abnormal bleeding in the early 1900s. As early as then, scientists have already recognized the potential of MDMA as a therapeutic drug. In fact, both Germany and the United States did research on the potential of the drug as a brainwashing agent.
In 1976, MDMA was synthesized by Dr. Alexander Shulgin for use in psychotherapy. This usage was reputed to be a success. The drug was then called Adam to signify hope for psychotherapy patients. However, the drug came into the hands of non-psychotherapists who abused the drug for recreational purposes. Companies that manufactured the drug for such a purpose called it Ecstasy for marketing. The drug became so popular that it attracted the attention of the US Senate. It was then classified as a Schedule I drug that has no medical benefits.
For full version of this article, please visit “From Adam to Ecstasy: How the Drug Known as MDMA Got Its Names“.