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Despite Overdose Rates, Some Drug Companies Still Oppose State Prescription Drug Programs

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 27, 2012

Washington state loses more residents each year to prescription drug overdoses or misuse than it does to traffic accidents. Yet, according to a recent article at Crosscut, many pharmaceutical companies still oppose the state legislature’s attempts to set up an unused prescription medication “take-back” program that would give people a safe place to dispose of prescriptions, instead of exposing them to possible misuse or abuse.

The proposed program would require pharmaceutical companies to pay a small fee to run a statewide prescription medication disposal program. Researchers estimate that some 33 million bottles of prescription medications – nearly one-third of all medication prescribed in Washington each year – go unused. However, some pharmaceutical companies oppose the measure, saying that it unnecessarily duplicates a similar federal program and that it simply isn’t necessary. Read the rest »

Spinal Cord Injuries Can Cause Lifelong Impairment

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 20, 2012

A spinal cord injury is any type of injury that damages the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves that travels inside the spine from the brain down the back. Even a relatively mild spinal cord injury can cause permanent pain, trouble with movement or coordination, or other disabilities. In recent years, researchers have begun to understand more about these devastating injuries, but they still know little about how to cure them.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), Americans suffer about 12,000 new spinal cord injuries each year. An additional unknown number of spinal cord injury sufferers lose their lives due to the injury, often before rescue workers can respond to the scene of their accident. Car accidents cause about 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year, and slip and fall accidents account for about 28 percent. Read the rest »

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