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Pediatric Drug Prescribing for Opioids: What you need to know, NOW.

When my 15 year old son, Gary, was screaming in pain from complications from Crohn’s Disease in the ER, a young doctor injected him with something that instantly calmed my son’s out of control pain. I didn’t ask what it was because I was grateful that he finally seemed comfortable….

OxyContin Maker Eyed ‘Attractive’ Anti-Addiction Market

By David ArmstrongProPublica This story was co-published with STAT. Not content with billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the drug’s popularity — treatment of opioid addiction, according to previously secret passages in a court document filed…

FDA Approves OxyContin For Extremely Sick Kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Association approved the painkiller OxyContin for children ages 11 to 16 with severe pain. Some experts expressed concern that the approval might lead to drug misuse among children or their family members, who may have access to the drugs. But doctors who treat dying children and…

Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression

High doses of powerful narcotic painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, appear to be linked to a higher risk of depression in patients, according to research published in the journal Pain. Although the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, people who used higher doses of narcotic painkillers to manage their pain were…

FDA Requiring Long-term Research of OxyContin Use

UPDATE: Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, has agreed to turn over to California authorities its list of 49 CA doctors suspected of over-prescribing the much-abused opioid pain killer. Purdue revealed last month that it has been keeping a list of high-prescribing doctors since 2002. There are 1,800 doctors from across…

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