June 28, 2017  Last Update: December 21, 2016, 11:10 pm

Zohydro Ban Proposed by Senator Joe Manchin: His Daughter is CEO of Competitor?

Riddle me this: is the Senator proposing a ban on Zohydro also the father of the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the company most at risk if the newly-approved non-generic pain pill goes blockbuster? Yup.

Hide Your Vikes! DEA Reclassifies Hydrocodone Products

Advice from one drug-using artist: “hide your vikes!” The DEA has proposed reclassifying hydrocodone-containing drugs from Schedule III to Schedule II.

Zohydro: New High-Strength Hydrocodone Painkiller Debuts

Zohydro is here… at 5 to 10 times the strength of Vicodin and Lortab, and with no fillers: just hydrocodone. Law enforcement and treatment professionals are outraged, but the FDA said ok even while acknowledging a severe risk for abuse.

A World of Hurt Book by Barry Meier

New York Times reporter Barry Meier published “A World of Hurt” about prescription pain medications. Mr. Meier previously published “Pain Killer: A ‘Wonder’ Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death” which was centered on Oxycontin abuse by teenagers.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Heroin Addiction Treatment

Philip Seymour Hoffman broke 23 years of sobriety and ended up out of control, using prescription painkillers and snorting heroin. He’s fresh out of a 10 day detox, telling his story.

Painkillers Cause Headaches?

Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) is the headache you get from headache medicine. Apparently it’s common: half of all cases of chronic daily headache are attributed to MOH.

DEA Revokes CVS Pharmacy Licenses in Florida

Three strikes and you’re out: 2 CVS stores in Florida have lost their licenses to prescribe pain killers. The DEA says they didn’t do enough to stem the tide of over-prescribing, while dispensing over 3 million hydrocodone pills in 1 year.

Dr. Lisa Tseng aka “Dr. Feelgood” Caught in Undercover Sting

Dr. Lisa Tseng was called “Dr. Feel Good” by agents because of her alleged high-prescribing of powerful painkillers. She’s on trial for murder. She was secretly filmed by an undercover agent seeking Oxycontin, and the video is pretty convincing.

83 Year Old “Bold Prescriber” Challenges DEA on Pain Killers

An 83 year old East Bay (California) doctor is under investigation for his prescribing practices, following patient deaths. The FBI, the Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the DEA have all subpoenaed his medical records. Dr. Manougian is what is known as a “bold prescriber” of opioid painkillers. He believes he has a right to do “whatever it takes” to treat chronic pain. Does he?

Sage Stallone Dead of Drug Overdose – Not A Suicide

Sage Moonblood Stallone, the 36 year old son of Sylvester Stallone, is dead in Hollywood. Stallone’s death is being called an overdose of pills.

Walgreens Pharmacy in Florida Focus of DEA Action for Pain Pills

The DEA has been investigating 6 Walgreens pharmacy locations in South Florida and a Jupiter Florida prescription drug distribution center, after noticing increased volumes of oxycodone and other narcotics over the past 3 years.

Operation Oxy Alley

Two more defendants have been sentenced to prison terms following Operation Oxy Alley, south Florida’s largest pill mill bust. So far, 28 of 32 defendants charged have pleaded guilty to charges.

The MGH Pain Relief Connection Newsletter

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) publishes the Pain Relief Connection newsletter. This electronic newsletter (PDF format) reports on the status of pain relief medicine, for interested consumers. The newsletter is from “MGH Cares About Pain Relief” and is free. The current issue and past issues are available online, without subscription. For example, today’s current issue includes Continue Reading…

Endo Pharmaceuticals Opiate Products Alert

The FDA has issued a Public Health Advisory for opiate prescription medications manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals, due to packaging and manufacturing problems at an inspected plant in Nebraska.

Michigan Prosecutor Richard Steiger Charged with “Doctor Shopping”

A prosecutor familiar with pain killer abuse and “doctor shopping” has been charged with doctor shopping himself, in a prescription pain killer investigation in Michigan. He claims he’s innocent, and needs the meds.