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Number of US heroin users rose 300,000 over a decade, says report

The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report.

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NJ doctors not checking prescription drug database

As New Jersey's heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to worsen, state lawmakers are looking at ways to fight back.

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Specialty drugs drive prescription spending jump, says report

Prescription drugs spending jumped 13 percent last year, the biggest annual increase since 2003, according to the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager.

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Prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions, in Willingboro, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions, in Willingboro, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Soaring generic drug prices draw US Senate scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

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FedEx truck. (Tim Boyle, Getty Images)
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FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

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NJ Doctor Gets License Suspended for Script Abuse

State authorities say the license of a Manahawkin doctor has been suspended for illegally distributing painkillers.

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Saturday afternoon prepared to sign Colorado's "Right To Try" law, which allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Saturday afternoon prepared to sign Colorado's "Right To Try" law, which allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
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States Move to Allow Experimental Drugs for Some

Nick Auden didn't live to see the legislation, but the case of the Denver melanoma patient who died while seeking access to an experimental drug helped inspire a first-of-its kind law in Colorado.

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Richie Sambora to Perform at NJ Drug Forum

Platinum-selling rock and roll guitarist Richie Sambora is expected to perform a new song at a drug forum in New Jersey.

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Union County Bust Yields 20 Arrests, Drugs [AUDIO]

A major, multi-tier drug ring in Union County is dismantled, after 20 arrests were made last weekend as part of nearly a yearlong investigation.

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Report Takes on NJ’s Heroin, Pill Problem

A state panel is offering recommendations on how to combat New Jersey's burgeoning heroin and prescription drug abuse problem.

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