With at least 46 confirmed deaths across several American states, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned the synthetic drug “Pink”. Known as U-47700 in the medical community, the drug was legal in most of the U.S. states, including Arizona. With the ban on Pink, the drug will now be categorized under Schedule I..

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In November 2014, the Medical Board of California published a guideline for physicians on how and when to prescribe prescription opioids. The 90-page document covers topics ranging from understanding different types of pain—acute, chronic, nociceptive and neuropathic—to treating different special patient populations—end-of-life, older, pregnant, pediatric, psychiatric and patients with a history of substance abuse—to compliance—specifically,..

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