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The Reference Shelf: Prescription Drug Abuse

Table of Contents

Preface



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”



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