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FDA focused on supporting development of abuse-deterrent opioids

The FDA has issued its finalized guidance for industry on the development of abuse-deterrent opioids, the agency announced today…

It does not, however, mandate that all new opioids must contain abuse-deterrent mechanisms, and the agency noted that each new product will be considered on a case-by-case basis…

During a press briefing, deputy director of FDA regulatory programs Douglas Throckmorton, MD, said the agency is working with 30 companies interested in developing abuse-deterrent opioids. “The FDA is focused on supporting development” of these products, he said…

Currently four opioids have abuse-deterrent labeling: Targiniq, Hysingla, and reformulated Oxycontin from Purdue Pharma, as well as abuse-deterrent Embeda from Pfizer. Opana and Zohydro have abuse-deterrent formulations, but the FDA did not grant such a label to either product.
Dan Cohen, chair of the Abuse Deterrent Coalition, told MedPage Today that the guidance is a “positive first step,” but added that his organization will “continue to advocate that all Schedule II [opioids] should be required to have an FDA-approved abuse-deterrent formulation.”

This is the future of pain medications.  Who will want to put money into researching any drug that’s not formulated with an abuse-deterrent?  No one.  And how successful are abuse-deterrent formulations in combating drug abuse?  If we’re talking about drug abuse in those who suffer from addiction, not very successful at all.  All you have to do to get around the deterrent is look it up in the internet.  Or addicts just switch to another drug, like heroin.

In fact, you can easily tie the increase in overdoses to these abuse-deterrent drugs, as people are then sometimes forced to use street drugs that have no oversight at all.

Former Blackwater gets rich as Afghan drug production hits record high

In a war full of failures, the US counternarcotics mission in Afghanistan stands out: opiate production has climbed steadily over recent years to reach record-high levels last year. Yet there is a clear winner in the anti-drug effort – not the Afghan people, but the infamous mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater.

Statistics released on Tuesday reveal that the rebranded private security firm, known since 2011 as Academi, reaped over half a billion dollars from the futile Defense Department push to eradicate Afghan narcotics, some 32% of the $1.8bn in contracting money the Pentagon has devoted to the job since 2002.

The company is by far the biggest beneficiary of counternarcotics largesse in Afghanistan. Its closest competition, the defense giant Northrop Grumman, claimed $250m…

Pediatricians seek more precise dosage instructions

It found that errors most commonly involved children and the drugs most likely to be in error were antibiotics…

“Spoons come in many different sizes and are not precise enough to measure a child’s medication,” said pediatrician Ian Paul, lead author of the AAP policy statement.

If not a spoon, then what? AAP recommends something that measures liquid medicine in metric units. It’s the only way to be sure you are administering the precise dosage.

“For infants and toddlers, a small error – especially if repeated for multiple doses – can quickly become toxic,” Paul said.

Every year more than 70,000 children are rushed to the ER because of accidental medication overdoses. AAP says sometimes a caregiver will see the dosage instructions as milliliters and mistake that for teaspoons. Often they use the wrong kind of measuring device and as a result, the child can get 2 or 3 times the recommended dose.

“One tablespoon generally equals 3 teaspoons,” Paul said. “If a parent uses the wrong size spoon repeatedly, this could easily lead to toxic doses.”

Justice Department Investigates Texas Truancy Courts

Under Texas law, individuals charged with Class C misdemeanors, such as truancy, are not provided access to a lawyer. As a result, the vast majority of students charged with the crime of “failure to attend school” either plead guilty or no contest in court. Once convicted, they can be fined up to $500 per offense, plus additional court costs. Those who fail to pay can be arrested when they turn 17 years old…

In 2013, more than 115,000 Texas students were charged with truancy in adult courts — more than double the total number of truancy cases adjudicated in all other states combined, according to the nonprofit advocacy group Texas Appleseed.

Data show that the fines and penalties imposed by Texas truancy courts disproportionately affect poor and minority students, as well as students with disabilities…

Free financial education? Now that’s a deal!

Why isn’t financial literacy education working? Because financial literacy education is largely funded by the very same businesses that prosper when young people make poor money decisions — big banks, credit card companies and other huge financial industry businesses…

A solution to this ongoing crisis is emerging courtesy of the FoolProof Foundation’s Walter Cronkite Project. The project is offering a financial literacy curriculum that works. It is free, no strings attached — right now, to all teachers and educators. The curriculum is extensive — it offers up to 22 hours of financial literacy training, all turn-key for the teacher/mentor…

The Cronkite curriculum has now been tested by 5000 teachers nationally, and millions of people have looked at the FoolProof curriculum online. Because of its tough, ethical advocacy for young people, the curriculum has become the only financial literacy program in the United States that is endorsed by both the Consumer Federation of America and the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Teachers and other educators can review and test the curriculum immediately, for free at

The Cronkite Project has also launched a web-driven version of its curriculum for college-age young people and others with limited financial skills called FoolProof Solo…

Over 100 People Were Killed by Police in March. How Many More Will It Take?

Here’s a statistic for you: It’s been 31 days since the release of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing report, but the number of fatal police encounters is already over 100 and counting. That’s an average of more than three people killed each day in March by police in America…

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Why does the “AOL Mail Team” have an email address on Microsoft Outlook?  Because they’re freaking scammers, that’s why.  (And if I was into conspiracy theories, I might think it was the DEA or Unum trying to access my laptop.)

It’s a good idea to “disable links in mail from unknown senders” in your email settings.  It’s a hassle to have to click on “enable link” every time I want to follow a link from an email, but it’s worth it.

ADHD Drugs for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (2010)

Using ADHD drugs for chronic fatigue treatment may help improve the cognitive problems caused by CFS patients’ extreme fatigue. Some studies have also found evidence that the off-label use of ADHD drugs, specifically Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall and Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine), help with cognitive symptoms and chronic pain in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, although extensive research has not yet been done…