Law enforcement and military personnel often use computer simulators as training tools.
A new simulator app will help doctors spot drug abusers who are doctor shopping in search of prescription painkillers like OxyContin. The simulator, which was recently described in The New York Times, uses a video game format to help doctors learn how to tell when patients are lying about their medical conditions and pain symptoms.
To help stem the tide of overdose deaths from prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin, the U.S. FDA for the first time is considering widespread distribution of a drug that is an antidote for drug overdoses.
Naloxone, which has been available by prescription for nearly two decades, may soon be available as an over-the-counter medication. Sold under the brand name Narcan, naloxone is non-addictive, nontoxic and able to reverse the effects of potentially fatal drug overdoses. In addition to counteracting an overdose from prescription drugs including oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl, naloxone is effective when used with heroin overdoses.
Legislation was recently introduced in the California State Senate to reduce the crime of possession:
… as well as all Schedule III, IV and V controlled substances from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Due to the rise in prescription drug abuse, the number of drug-related deaths in the U.S. now outnumbers traffic fatalities, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Although the number of deaths from most preventable causes is declining across the nation, the death toll from drugs is steadily rising. Every 14 minutes, someone in America dies from drugs.
A great new website is online about the prescription drug epidemic.
Specifically, residents along the “Oxy Express” in states like Florida and Kentucky are being called upon to get involved and fight back against this deadly trend in drug use.
S.T.A.M.P. (www.stampexpress.org) is the new site and it was started by concerned residents who want to bring awareness to the abuse of medications.
We have often covered the escalating phenomenon and as we see more and more overdoses and incidences of pharmacy robberies, clearly more action needs to be given to this silent epidemic.
That’s what makes the S.T.A.M.P. website so great. It has information and identifies ways to get involved and make a difference. The founders want to turn the OxyContin Express (highway) to the “S.T.A.M.P. Express.”
Visit this great site, get involved, and spread the word!
Authorities in Southern California have arrested 15 people who are accused of being part of a large-scale smuggling ring that operated with a twist – they sent narcotic prescription drugs across the border from California to Mexico. The drugs were then sold over the counter in Mexican pharmacies to American drug abusers who crossed the border in search of illegal prescription painkillers. The smuggling ring, which operated for several years, is reported to have netted at least $400,000 in the past six months.
Legislative Action Comes in Memory of Ryan Creedon
Ryan Creedon overdosed on OxyContin on September 4, 2009, he was only 21. Creedon fell into the alarming national trend of abusing prescription pills.
Creedon’s mother, Kathy Creedon said that Ryan would run around Palm Desert California, from doctor’s office to doctor’s office to refill his Oxy prescriptions.
Creedon’s mother said, “It’s like watching your child slowly kill themselves. By the time he was 18 or 19, he had started using prescription medications like OxyContin.”
She also pointed out that it was an addiction that was not easily hidden.
“Every time he would get a job, he would go to work under the influence or he was stealing to support his habit,” said Creedon’s mother.
What bothered Creedon’s mother the most was how easy it was for Creedon to get his prescription medication. “He went from one end of this valley to the other, getting pills form one doctor, one hospital to another doctor.”
We are working on a few items about the unbelievable prescription drug epidemic to be published soon. It is so noticeable that the drugs people are getting high with are manufactured legally…. and offer the same results as previous “illicit” or “hardcore street drugs.”
The question is, “Who’s minding the shop?” When it comes to the FDA in approving these drugs and the lack of coordination with law enforcement and regulation of the pharmacy industry, there has been a complete breakdown and failure in communication.