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The Reference Shelf: Prescription Drug Abuse

Table of Contents


1 Pain and Anxiety in America

National Disorder: Treating Chronic Conditions

Taking On the Scourge of Opioids

How Prescription-Drug Abuse Unleashed a Heroin Epidemic

The Truth about Prescription Pills: One Writer’s Story of Anxiety and Addiction

Almost Half of All Opioid Misuse Starts with a Friend or Family Member’s Prescription

Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You

Casualties of the VA

War on Prescription Drugs: What If You Depend on Opioids to Live a Decent Life?

2 Drugs for Young and Old

Spectrum of Risk

Prescription Drug Abuse among Older Adults Is Harder to Detect

Old and Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem in Nursing Homes

Fatal Friendships: What Happens When Women Share Drugs on Facebook

College Students Aren’t the Only Ones Abusing Adderall

Smack Epidemic

US Child Opioid Overdoses Increased over Past Two Decades, Research Finds

The Hefty Price of “Study Drug” Misuse on College Campuses

Risky Alone, Deadly Together

3 Doctors, Big Pharma and the Gateway to Abuse

The Prescription Drug Business

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

When the Mailman Unwittingly Becomes a Drug Dealer

Alison’s Story: How $750,000 in Drug “Treatment” Destroyed Her Life

Drug-Company Payments Mirror Doctors’ Brand-Name Prescribing

Opioid Rx Abuse Probe Sees a Record 31 Doctors Hit with Sanctions in New Jersey

4 A Search for Solutions—Treatment

Treatment and Wellness

A Primary Care Doctor Delves into the Opioid Epidemic

The Doctors Who Started the Opioid Epidemic

Can We Curb the Opioid Abuse Epidemic by Rethinking Chronic Pain?

The Painkillers That Could End the Opioid Crisis

How Medical Marijuana Could Help End the Opioid Epidemic

What’s Really Causing the Prescription Drug Crisis?

After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs

5 A Search for Solutions—Policy

The Policy Approach: Restricting Supply and Legalizing Treatment

Researchers Use Black-Market Drug Website to Gauge Public Health

Are Pharmaceutical Companies to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?

Ohio Sues Five Drugmakers, Saying They Fueled Opioid Crisis

Congress Probes West Virginia Opioid Shipments

States Require Opioid Prescribers to Check for “Doctor Shopping”