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Medical Community Responds to Prescription Drug Abuse
Date:6/1/2010

Pill Popping to the Extreme: Prescription Drug Abuse impacts the home and workplace from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to Main Street in small towns across America. The medical community has issued guidelines to monitor adherence to pain management therapies in order to counteract this growing epidemic.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 1, 2010 -- Nearly 7 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs – more than those who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy and inhalants combined. Unintentional poisoning deaths involving psychotherapeutic drugs, such as sedative-hypnotics and anti-depressants, grew 84 percent from 1999 to 2004. Every day the exploits of Hollywood stars going to rehab or dying from lethal drug combinations transmit through the airwaves. Clinicians, those prescribing the drugs, have received strong recommendations from the American Pain Society urging random urine drug screens to confirm patients are adhering to their prescribed plan of care. “From over 350,000 results, 61% are not consistent with what is anticipated based on the medications patients are supposed to be taking,” stated Dr. Benjamin Gerson, Medical Director of University Services, a Toxicology Services company, at the Disease Management Managed Care Forum in Orlando.

The Clinical Guidelines made in the Journal of Pain give physicians a way of monitoring a population growing at an alarming rate - Chronic Opioid Therapy (COT) patients. Approximately one out of four Americans has persistent or chronic pain which contributes to 3.8 billion hours of work lost each year. Patients are unaware of the unanticipated si
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