From 1999 to 2015, the count of people dying from an overdose of prescription opioids has increased to about 183,000 with no signs of abating. The above statistics is just a part of the overall picture of the ongoing opioid crisis. The addition of deaths due to overdosing on heroin and other illicit opiates would further inflate the death toll. Continue reading
In an effort to guard against opioid misuse and continue to provide relief to patients, Cigna will cease to cover the cost of OxyContin (opioid painkiller sold by Purdue Pharma) in its employer-based health plans beginning 2018. One of America’s largest health-insurance companies, Cigna has signed a “value-based contract” with Collegium Pharmaceutical for an oxycodone, Xtampza ER, found to be less vulnerable to abuse as it can maintain its extended-release action even when cut, crushed, chewed or otherwise manipulated. Continue reading
The abuse of prescription opioids has become a public health concern in all parts of America, evident from the statistics shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between 1999 and 2015, the number of overdose deaths that involved opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, nearly quadrupled. Shockingly, more than 40 people die every day from an overdose of prescription opioid. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 3.3 million Americans aged 12 or older were current misusers of prescription pain relievers while 1.8 million people suffered from a prescription pain reliever use disorder. Continue reading
People who get addicted to drugs or prescription medicines love to experiment with them in order to derive a different kind of pleasure and high. Mixing two different drugs or prescription medications is one such common way of experimenting. People often mix marijuana, the most widely used illicit drug in the United States, and prescription medications to get a high.
However, people fail to realize that different drugs interact differently with marijuana and the combination can lead to various complications. To stay away from such ill effects, one should be aware of the consequences of mixing marijuana with opioids. Continue reading
Opioids are a class of drugs generally prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. They include prescription drugs, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine and fentanyl, as well as illicit substances, such as heroin.
Besides alleviating pain, these medications can produce a sense of well-being and pleasure by stimulating the regions of the brain that involve the reward system pathway. Continue reading
In most households, the medicine cabinet is usually located in the bathroom. However, since bathrooms are prone to humidity and high temperatures, this is not an ideal location for medicines.
Since the unhealthy storage of medicines plays a crucial role in changing their strength, one can experience severe repercussions, including death, if one takes such drugs. Therefore, it becomes essential to follow the expert-approved guidelines for storing medicines. Continue reading
The trend of overprescribing opioids is already prevalent in the United States due to which the entire nation is reeling under an opioid overdose epidemic. The assessment of the entire trend indicates a majority of the opioids are prescribed to patients fighting mood or psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, etc. Opioid painkillers have emerged as a quick fix solution for medical practitioners who often give in to the pleas of patients for faster relief. Continue reading
Deaths related to prescription opioids overdose witnessed a four-time increase over the last 16 years, recording over 183,000 deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The unprecedented rise in opioid overdoses and deaths have compelled U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency in the nation. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a directive for parents to stop giving codeine and tramadol medicines to children. While codeine is an approved drug to treat pain and cough, and tramadol to treat pain, these medicines pose serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death. The risk is even greater for children younger than 12 years. Therefore, these medicines, as the FDA directed, should not be given to the children in this group while limiting their use in some older children as well. Continue reading
The United States is grappling with an inescapable and devastating prescription drug abuse rampant across the length and breadth of the nation. The staggering statistics related to drug overdose call for stern measures from various quarters. The number of people succumbing to opioid abuse has gone up by at least four times since 1999. More than 183,000 people died due to prescription opioid overdose in the U.S. from 1999-2015, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading