Drugging of America – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New York – Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

From New York’s Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 (more…)

Feds must take bigger role in breaking painkiller addiction – The Olympian

High-strength painkillers – they’re called opioids – are the most commonly prescribed class of medications in the country. The use of oxycodone and hydrocodone as a prescribed painkiller has grown nearly 400 percent in the past decade.

The medical community and patients alike need to hit the reset button on the use of these potent painkillers. While there remains a time and (more…)

Painkiller Sales Soar Around US, Fuel Addiction – WITN

Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

From New York‘s Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, (more…)