News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • January 29, 2016
    Keeping unwanted or expired medicine in your home puts your family at risk. Every year, nearly 60,000 young children end up in the emergency department because they got into medicine while their parent or caregiver was not looking. Any medicine can be dangerous if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person, even medicine you buy without a prescription (known as over-the-counter or OTC medicine). It is important to always store medicines up and away and out of sight of children. And when done with medicine, it is important to quickly get rid of it.
  • January 28, 2016
    A website designed to help parents have difficult discussions about substance use with their college-age children Topics include impaired driving, living off campus, housing and roommates, celebrating their 21st birthday safely, spring break, holidays and Halloween. The website was created by The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. Ages 18 to 25 are the peak developmental period for the onset of alcohol and other drug problems as well as mental health disorders. Research tells us that the adolescent brain is not fully developed until the late 20’s and
  • January 27, 2016
    SAMHSA has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose. Opioid use disorder has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each year. In 2014, opioid overdose deaths reached alarming levels: More than 28,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdose, mainly opioid pain relievers and heroin.
  • January 15, 2016
    Over 90% of patients who survived an overdose from prescription opioids continued to receive prescriptions for the drugs after the overdose event, indicates a new report published in the December 28, 2015 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. These incidents occur because the doctors who prescribe the drugs often do not receive a record of the overdose from emergency departments, and patients who are dependent on opioids are less likely to report to their prescribing physician that they overdosed and were in the emergency room.
  • January 15, 2016
    The National Meeting focused on Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention, Intervention and Recovery, sponsored by the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, Ohio State University, will feature a keynote and plenary sessions; workshops; networking opportunities. The 2016 National Meeting Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice. This year’s theme is Gearing Up For Change, focusing on translating important research into
  • January 13, 2016
    Several prescription drugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can provide patients with comfort, dignity, and independence for a longer period of time and can encourage and assist their caregivers as well. It is important to understand that none of these medications stops the disease itself.
  • January 6, 2016
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it approved 21 new orphan drugs to treat rare diseases in 2015, nearly half (47 percent) of all novel new drugs approved for the year. This is the second consecutive year in which the FDA approved more orphan drugs for rare diseases than any previous year in FDA history, according to John K. Jenkins, M.D., Director, Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at FDA. “The remarkable number of orphan drugs approved by FDA in 2015 underscores the progress we are making in
  • January 4, 2016
    Prescription opioid pain relievers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, contribute to more overdose deaths than any other opioid type, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overdose deaths related to such prescription opioids increased by 9% in 2014, accounting for 813 more deaths than in 2013, indicates a CDC press release. Misuse and abuse of prescription opioid pain relievers and use of heroin are major factors contributing to the sharp rise in overdose deaths. Dependence upon or abuse of prescription opioids in the
  • January 1, 2016

    NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.