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Report: Prescribed meds remain top drug threat in U.S.

Forget marijuana. The real, biggest drug threat in the U.S. comes from legal drugs, according to a new national report.  [Read more…]

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Top 4 states with highest opioid use

A new study says 41 of the 50 cities with the highest prevalence of opioid use are in four states in one U.S. region.

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Are employee screens for prescription drugs illegal?

It’s back to a trial court in a lawsuit against a manufacturing company’s employee screens for prescription medications. The company said it was only screening for meds with warnings about operating machinery. Employees say the tests violated federal law.  [Read more…]

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Company tested all workers for legal drugs: $750K settlement

With all the reports about increasing use of painkillers, such as opioids, it’s no wonder some companies are testing employees for the legal substances for safety reasons. But, as this case shows, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that. [Read more…]

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States try to reduce prescriptions of addictive painkillers for injured workers

Here’s a frightening statistic: Nearly a third of the prescriptions Ohio’s state insurance fund for injured workers paid for last year were for addictive painkillers. Now Ohio is joining other states in trying to reverse this trend.  [Read more…]

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