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Smart & Safe promotes safe prescription, use and disposal of medications.

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Patients play a big role in keeping powerful medications out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

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Education is critical for physicians who prescribe opioids and other medications.

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Prescription abuse is a serious and deadly problem in our country. Do you know someone who needs help?

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An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs

Consider it America’s other prescription drug epidemic.
For decades, experts have warned that older Americans are taking too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors, for dubious or unknown reasons. Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at […]

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Study: Range of Opioid Prescribers Play Important Role in Epidemic

A cross-section of opioid prescribers that typically do not prescribe large volumes of opioids, including primary care physicians, surgeons and non-physician health care providers, frequently prescribe opioids to high-risk patients, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns […]

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CVS Pharmacy, Others to Limit Prescriptions for Opioids

Beginning in February 2018, CVS Pharmacy will limit the dose of opioid pain medication and restrict new prescriptions for acute pain to a 7-day supply, which adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for prescribing opioids. This […]

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Opioid Prescribing Still High and Varies Widely Throughout U.S.

Opioid prescribing in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015, but remains at high levels and varies from county to county in the U.S., according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease […]

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STUDY: Patients Prescribed Opioids in the ER Less Likely to Use Them Long Term

WASHINGTON – Compared to other medical settings, emergency patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department are less likely to become long-term users and more likely to be prescribed these powerful painkillers in accordance with […]

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