Prescription drugs

RX Drug Abuse
5:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Could Point to RX Drug Abuse Link to Heroin

Prescription Drug Abuse remains problem in New York, despite new laws.

The death of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in New York points to a possible link between heroin use and prescription drug abuse.  Hoffman’s cause of death has not been confirmed but authorities say both heroin and prescription painkillers were found with his body. 

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RX Drug Abuse
5:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Senator Schumer Calls for Federal Changes to Get Prescription Drugs Off Streets

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Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Senator Charles Schumer was in Central New York to announce that he’s going to put pressure on federal drug officials to fight prescription drug abuse by making it easier to get medications out of reach.  He says federal regulations are hurting efforts to curb skyrocketing incidents of prescription drug abuse.  

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RX Drugs
4:52 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New York Rates Well in Prescription Drug Report, Overdose Deaths on the Rise

Prescription Drugs
Credit HealthyAmericans.org

While other states battle rising mortality rates by prescription drug overdose New York State has one of the lowest rates in the nation. A report on prescription drug abuse from Trust for America’s Health says that New York has the sixth lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. Since 1999, these rates have doubled in 29 states, tripled in ten and quadrupled in four. Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from cocaine and heroin combined.

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