Fatal overdoses from opiate medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and I don't know how much of Hoffman's own life went into that.
HP: Why do you think it's hard to get people galvanized around overdose?
HP: Among other things, you are a prolific movie reviewer. Of course, our phone call today is occasioned by Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. Before we discuss the policy issues, how were you touched by Hoffman’s work as an actor?
HP: Given these realities, I am very concerned about various detox programs that advertise heavily, but that have uncertain results. If you open some airline flight magazines you'll sometimes see an ad that says, "Come to the desert for two weeks.
A Northern Ontario coroner says the province's doctors and pharmacists need to take extra care in switching patients from OxyContin to other.
Video: OxyContin's phase out.
This means a sudden shift in treatment for patients across the country. Several jurisdictions are going further to stem the problem: Starting this month, seven provinces and the federal government’s health benefits program will pay for OxyNEO only in exceptional circumstances. Purdue Pharmaceutical is discontinuing its popular painkiller OxyContin in favour of OxyNEO, which is harder to crush and, in theory, tougher to snort and inject.
Chronic-pain patients collateral damage of drug-abuse policy.
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Propoxyphene is a dangerous drug that may cause fatal overdose. less potent than hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet).
This can be a double-edged sword, since an opioid abuser who is accustomed to more powerful opioids may take excessively large doses of propoxyphene in order to achieve the sought-after high. Even though propoxyphene is relatively weak compared to other opioids, it has an increased propensity for causing fatal respiratory depression so that, ironically, it may require less propoxyphene to cause fatality than it would require of a more powerful opioid like oxycodone.
Propoxyphene has been taken off the market in Europe and the United States due to its propensity for causing fatal overdose and cardiac arrest.
OxyContin Addiction: Sales Of Painkillers Soar; How Many Overdose A Year? By Anila Alexander On 04/05/12 AT 4:45 PM. Sales of popular prescription.
The increase of drug distribution comes with a wave of overdose deaths, pharmacy robberies and other such effects in New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and across the U.S., reported the Associated Press. In 2008, 14,800 Americans overdosed on oxycodone and hydrocodone alone.
Overdoses from prescription painkillers have skyrocketed. OxyContin — the same drugs many experts have said may open the door to later.
A new CDC report released Tuesday found that people who abused opiate painkillers were 40 times as likely to abuse heroin. Research suggests that one of the reasons that abusing opiates can make people more susceptible to future heroin abuse is because the drugs act similarly in the brain.
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The. Heroin use in the US is skyrocketing.
But while tragic, these numbers are still outshadowed by another, equally disturbing statistic: The rise in deaths from people overdosing on powerful opiate painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin — the same drugs many experts have said may open the door to later heroin use.
Heroin use in the US is skyrocketing. The number of people using this powerful, addictive drug has grown by nearly 300,000 in the past decade, and more and more people are dying from overdose.
The latest data, revised in February, goes until 2013: Skye Gould/Business Insider. Here's a chart looking at overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers and heroin, compared against overdose deaths from cocaine and marijuana.
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