painkillers http://www.kplu.org en Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings http://www.kplu.org/post/heroin-becoming-scourge-20-somethings <p></p><p>There are two versions of this story.</p><p>One is the story of how drug-abuse involving heroin has spiked upward, especially in young adults, over the past decade. Drug experts say people end up on heroin as a last resort, after getting addicted to prescription painkillers.</p><p>That version is in the news this week, and has <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist">made headlines for the past few years</a>, when annual drug trends come out.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:04:51 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9058 at http://www.kplu.org Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings Wash. state earns 'A' grade for pain prescribing, for now http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-state-earns-grade-pain-prescribing-now <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state has earned a top grade from the American Cancer Society when it comes to helping people suffering from long-term pain. However, the state’s law on pain medication is unusual enough that the Cancer Society is surveying doctors to learn more about how it’s working.</span></p><p>In the past, many patients in chronic pain—lasting months or years—believed they were just supposed to suffer through it.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8982 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. state earns 'A' grade for pain prescribing, for now Prescription overdose deaths drop again in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-overdose-deaths-drop-again-washington <p></p><p>Drug overdose deaths are on the decline across Washington, at least when it comes to prescription painkillers.</p><p>Those pills have been under scrutiny since overdose deaths rose dramatically starting in 1998. They reached a peak in 2008, killing more than 500 people that year. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:26:31 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7626 at http://www.kplu.org Prescription overdose deaths drop again in Washington Prescription drug abuse continues decline, but heroin is rising http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-continues-decline-heroin-rising <p>Not as many people are dying from prescription drug overdoses in Washington &ndash; but heroin abuse appears to be spiking higher. Those figures come from an annual report on drug abuse in the state.</p><p>Heroin abuse peaked in the 1990s. Since then, it&#39;s been a problem primarily for aging drug-addicts. But Caleb Banta-Green of the UW&rsquo;s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute says it&#39;s making a comeback among younger people: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:11:07 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5566 at http://www.kplu.org Better monitoring for prescription painkillers http://www.kplu.org/post/better-monitoring-prescription-painkillers <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-981609.mp3</p><p>A new approach to prescription painkillers at Group Health Cooperative could become a model for other medical providers.&nbsp;</p><p>Painkillers have become a national concern because they&#39;re addictive and there&rsquo;s been an uptick in overdoses. The number of people who have long-term prescriptions for painkillers has doubled over the past decade.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2310 at http://www.kplu.org Better monitoring for prescription painkillers Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist <p>You&#39;ve probably heard the under-world of drug abuse has taken on a new face over the past decade, with the rise of prescription pill addicts.</p><p>The story is more nuanced than that. But before looking at the nuance, here are a few surprising facts and a disturbing trend. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1822 at http://www.kplu.org Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist Prescription drug abuse deaths take a surprising drop http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-deaths-take-surprising-drop <p>There&rsquo;s a glimmer of hope in the struggle against prescription drug abuse.&nbsp; For the first time, the number of overdose deaths from painkillers has gone down in King County. It&rsquo;s also fallen statewide.</p><p>Unfortunately, people hooked on painkillers may be turning to heroin. Heroin abuse used to be confined to Washington&#39;s cities -- primarily Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Everett. Now, it&#39;s appearing for the first time in small towns and rural areas.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 21:48:47 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1819 at http://www.kplu.org