drug dependence

Prescribing practices that increase risk of opioid overdoseTwo studies, one from Prime Therapeutics and Stanford, reveal an alarming increase in overdose with concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines. Here’s how managed care can help.
Top risk factors for opioid use disorder, overdoseIn 2014, nearly 2 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a past-year prescription opioid use disorder, and at least 14,000 people died from a prescription opioid overdose. Read about the top drivers and risk factors.
Are Americans drowning in a sea of pills?And if they are, what can be done about it?
Hydrocodone may move to controlled-substance categoryAn FDA advisory committee voted in favor of moving hydrocodone combination drugs into the restrictive “Schedule II” category of controlled substances.