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Archive for October, 2012

Experts say opioid painkiller registries rarely used by doctors

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Officials with the Drug Enforcement Agency say that despite the recent increase in opioid painkiller overdose deaths, doctors and hospitals often fail to consult a registry designed to deter opioid abuse when prescribing these drugs to patients. According to one DEA official, one such registry in Denver is only consulted about 10-15% of the time before doctors prescribe opioid painkillers to their patients. (more…)

Paramedics arrested in connection with fentanyl theft

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Two paramedics in Australia have been arrested after being accused of stealing amounts of the painkiller fentanyl from ambulances and replacing it with water. According to a report published in the Australian newspaper The Age, hundreds of patients may have been given water instead of fentanyl while they were being rushed to the hospital. (more…)

CDC report says that opioid painkiller use – and overdoses – are on the rise

Monday, October 1st, 2012

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual rate of opioid painkiller deaths has more than tripled over the last 10 years. The CDC reports that roughly 40 people die every day as a result of an opioid overdose—a total of about 15,000 deaths each year. (more…)