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Op-Ed: More lies from Trump over transgender military members

President Donald Trump said his administration reinstituted a ban against most transgender people serving in the military because some of them take prescription medicine, claiming erroneously that the armed services prohibit drug use.

Prescription drug shortages — A problem affecting many countries

In both Canada and the United States, common drugs needed for patient care are becoming increasingly hard to find — being either discontinued or back-ordered, creating a public health crisis.

U.S. states look to importing prescription drugs from Canada

Lawmakers in over two-thirds of the country's states have been considering ways to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, including importing them from Canada. This idea is taking on greater significance in light of Trump's failure to act on prices.

Top medic highlights the risk of ‘polypharmacy’

New York - Many patients are at risk from a practice known as ‘polypharmacy’. This occurs when a patient visits multiple doctors and receives prescriptions of drugs from more than one doctor, without the medics knowing the risks from drug combinations.

Ten tips for handling prescription medications safely

There have been several stories reported on in the past few years about the risks associated with prescription medications, especially around misuse and overuse. A leading medic has provided Digital Journal with some important advice.

Illicit opioids driving increase in drug deaths in U.S.

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show opioid-related deaths increased by upwards of 33 percent in 2015, with heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl being the main culprits.

FedEx accused of shipping illegal prescription drugs

Washington - The U.S. government has accused global distributor FedEx of knuckling shipping company illegal prescription drugs. The case has begun in a federal court.

Is it time to ban prescription drug adverts?

New York - A call has been made to prevent prescription-only drugs from being advertised because less expensive generic drugs may be crowded out of the marketplace.

Compound pharmacies possible alternative to addictive medications Special

As the epidemic of prescription drug abuse continues to proliferate, medical professionals continue to search for ways to reduce their reliance on these dangerous and addictive medications — for many, the use of compound drugs has been the answer.

Doctors concerned about addiction prescribing fewer opiates

According to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, nearly half of all primary care physicians in the U.S. say they are becoming less likely to prescribe opioids to patients for pain management.

Op-Ed: Sometimes fatal side-effects to be revealed after Tor. Star probe

After an ongoing Toronto Star investigation exposed the fact that Health Canada was scrubbing crucial information from public view, the federal regulator will make public information it has kept secret regarding serious, sometimes fatal side-effects.

Cops accuse man of stealing ID to get illegal prescription drugs

Brooklyn - New York Cops are looking for a man they say stole a 55-year-old woman's identity to obtain prescription drugs illegally.

New study finds prescription drugs and multivitamins a bad mix

A new study that was released Tuesday reported that one in three American adults take prescription drugs and multivitamins at the same time. Many people likely take multivitamins, though they cannot be substituted in place of prescription drugs.

Op-Ed: Medical cannabis the safe competition to pharmaceutical drugs

The cannabis plant is a safe alternative to a wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs, especially for mood and anxiety disorders. Because of this, medical cannabis is clearly competition to the pharmaceutical industry.

Op-Ed: Victims of pharmacy mistakes have little recourse

As patients, we entrust our health to a variety of medical professionals. We often think of the role doctors play in our well-being, but pharmacists — the gatekeepers of the medicine that doctors prescribe — also play a crucial part.

Op-Ed: Heroin deaths spike as narcs continue war on marijuana

New York - The Prohibition Industrial Complex has mobilized the hundreds of thousands of workers who depend on enforcing anti-marijuana laws to slow a groundswell of support for legalizing it.

New York’s problem with prescription drugs

New York - Nationwide, overdose rates are increasing at an alarming rate. In some states, overdose deaths have surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. As the death toll rises, many are asking what can be done to combat this trend.

Increase in prescriptions for ADHD treatment drugs

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug treatment prescriptions are up 50 per cent in the UK compared to 2007, new data released by the Care Quality Commission indicates.

Bottomley sentenced for fake drug scam

Paul Daniel Bottomley has been sentenced for selling unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit cancer drugs to U.S. physicians. But he won’t spend his time in prison.

Physician pleads guilty to painkiller deaths

A New York physician faces 20 years in prison after admitting he distributed painkillers to people he knew were drug addicts. This follows on from news that deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses have risen sharply among women.

Prescription drugs stolen from pharmacies in Vancouver

Vancouver - Two pharmacies in Vancouver have been robbed for stored prescription drugs. According to local police, large amounts of pharmaceuticals were stolen. It is presumed these drugs will be sold on the street.

Vermont 2013: A good year for drug policy reform

Now that the 2013 session of the Vermont legislature has been over for almost a month and the last of the bills have been signed into law, one thing has become clear for those Vermonters who smoke marijuana or use drugs--2013 was a good year.

Oregon Governor signs bill for overdose prevention programs

On Thursday, January 6th, Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, signed SB 384 A into law. The bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish rules for training programs that will instruct individuals on "lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose."

Drugs-for-sex ring busted in Nova Scotia

Lunenburg - Five men are under arrest for what Nova Scotia RCMP describe as a ring where prescription drugs were given to young girls in exchange for sex.

Call for investigation into meningitis deaths

Detroit - The Michigan Court of Appeals is set to hold a multi-county grand jury to investigate whether New England Compounding Center (NECC), which is linked to a recent meningitis outbreak, broke state laws by distributing tainted medicines.

Pharma companies funding Interpol to crack down on fake drugs

More than two dozen of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have agreed to provide funding and support to Interpol to prevent the sale and distribution of counterfeit prescription drugs.

U.S. drug overdose deaths rise for 11th year running

Deaths from drug overdoses have risen for the 11th consecutive year according to U.S. government data. The main cause is from the overuse of addictive painkillers.

Concern over antipsychotic 'drug overuse' in nursing homes

A report has expressed concerns about the level of antipsychotic drug prescriptions throughout nursing homes in the U.S.

New generation of antidepressants may work faster

Scientists have been looking at a new wave of antidepressant medicines that, by focusing on the appropriate target in the brain, may work faster than medications currently available.

Increase in U.S. prescription drug spending

U.S. consumers spent $263 billion on prescription drugs in 2011, a rise of 2.9% compared with 2010. Most of this increase relates to price increases imposed by ‘big pharma’.
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According to the RCMP Fentanyl killed more than 200 people in Alberta alone.
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