Drug Abuse

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After report on nurse drug abuse, Virginia gov calls for background checks

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called for criminal background checks for nurses seeking licenses to practice in the state, according to the News Leader.

The long arm of illegal internet pharmacies

Many illegal online outlets distribute dangerous and addictive drugs without a valid prescription or medical supervision, and this contributes to drug abuse, customer endangerment and increased healthcare costs. 

4 unexpected patient safety hazards

As providers in the United States focus on patient-centered healthcare, the importance of patient safety increases. Some threats to patient safety are obvious, such as preventable medical errors, hospital-acquired infections and hospital violence. But these more obvious examples are far from the only obstacles to a safe patient population. To improve outcomes, healthcare leaders must consider other, less expected threats.  FierceHealthcare  breaks down four of these patient safety hazards 

Sharpening the tool of prescription drug monitoring programs

As prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) become more widely used to fight drug abuse, doctor shopping and health insurance fraud, recommendations to boost PDMP effectiveness are mushrooming.;

3 signs healthcare workers abuse drugs

Healthcare workers should be on the lookout for a few telltale indications of substance abuse or addiction among coworkers according to HemOnc Today.

BCBS requires pre-approval to curb painkiller abuse

In an effort to curb drug abuse, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has implemented a strict, new policy requiring its members to receive pre-approval to take certain pain medications. Under the

EDs see dramatic increase in visits related to opioid use

Abuse of legal drugs are driving up emergency department visits, suggesting current prevention efforts are woefully inadequate. U.S. emergency departments report a dramatic increase in the number of

NH considers database tracking frequently-abused drugs

New Hampshire's attorney general has begun a push for the state to develop a centralized database tracking frequently-abused prescription medications such as painkillers and stimulants. Attorney