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More Drivers ‘Under the Influence’ Testing Positive for Multiple Drugs

Since 1993, the profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially. More drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, and multiple drugs, and they are more likely to be older than 50, according to a study released in …

Walgreen Agrees to Record $80M Settlement Over Distribution of Painkillers

Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, has agreed to pay $80 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated federal rules governing the distribution of prescription painkillers. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday said the settlement …

Nevada Measure Would Create Liability For Addictive Drugs

A bill that would allow patients addicted to prescription drugs to sue the doctors who prescribed the medication – and the drug’s makers – was met with stiff opposition Wednesday in a Nevada legislative hearing. Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, …

Drug-Related DUI Arrests Increase in Arizona

An Arizona highway safety official says the percentage of DUI arrests related to prescription and illegal drugs is up even as overall DUI arrests go down. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says the number of DUI arrests dropped by …

Report: Calif. Head and Spine Injuries Cost $500M in 10 years

Head and spinal injuries cost California’s workers’ compensation insurers more than $500 million over 10 years, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute’s “Injury Score Card.” The report issued on Wednesday reflects data on California work injury claims for head …

Walmart, Target to Pay Mass. $232K for Prescription Drug Overcharges

Walmart and Target Corporation will pay $232,000 to cities and towns across Massachusetts to settle allegations that the companies allegedly overcharged public agencies for prescription drugs through the workers’ compensation insurance system.Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the settlement on …

Senate Panel to Probe Ties Between Painkill Drugmakers, Medical Nonprofits

A U.S. Senate panel has launched a probe of possible links between three drugmakers and nonprofit medical groups that advocated for increasing the use of prescription painkillers, now the target of a nationwide law enforcement crackdown. Senate Finance Committee Chairman …

States’ Group Considers Model Workers’ Compensation Drug Bill

In the wake of the Florida Legislature’s failure to cut physician reimbursements for prescribing repackaged drugs to workers’ compensation patients, a national group of state legislators is looking to create a model act that states could use to address the …

Oklahoma Bill Would Combat Prescription Drug Overdose

Under legislation by state Rep. Pat Ownbey, physicians could not prescribe a controlled substance without first using the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Prescription Monitoring Program to see what has already been prescribed to their patient by other doctors. House Bill …

Agents Raid 2 Florida CVS Stores in Prescription Drug Abuse Probe

Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided two CVS pharmacies in Florida as part of an effort to curb the abuse of prescription painkillers and other potentially addictive substances. The action on Saturday came one day after the agency …