Judge unseals painkiller records

A Boone County judge has issued an order to unseal court records that drug distributors have sought to keep secret for more than a year, according to the May 7 edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The state sued 11 of the nation's largest prescription drug distributors in 2012, alleging they [Read more...]

Hydrocodone prescriptions decline nationwide

In the year after the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rescheduled hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to II, 26.3 million fewer hydrocodone combination product prescriptions were written and 1.1 billion fewer were dispensed, according to a study published in the [Read more...]

Volume of pain meds drop in WV

West Virginia pharmacies are dispensing significantly fewer doses of the state's most popular prescription painkiller.  The number of hydrocodone products, such as Vicodin and Lortab, dropped by nearly 13 million tablets last year, following a U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration change that put [Read more...]