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FDA warns marketers for unapproved opioid addiction treatment medications

FDA warns marketers for unapproved opioid addiction treatment medications

In the wake of marketers and distributors selling illegal and unapproved products for treating diseases like opioid addiction and withdrawal, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jointly issued a warning letter to them. The letter was issued primarily to the marketers of 12 opioid cessation products, including “Mitadone” and “Opiate Freedom 5-Pack.” Continue reading

Ohio lawmaker’s bill seeks mandatory jail time for drug users who violate probation

Ohio lawmaker’s bill seeks mandatory jail time for drug users who violate probation

Ravaged by the opioid crisis, the policymakers and the law enforcement officials in the United States have been forced to amend their approach towards the addiction patients accused of drug-related offenses. Being sympathetic to them, many now advocate proper treatment to them rather than time in jail. However, now even that approach seems to be changing, with some contemplating making jail time mandatory for drug users who violate their probation. Continue reading

Opioid abuse is a disease and not a moral failing, says Gary Mendell, a father and CEO

Opioid abuse is a disease and not a moral failing, says Gary Mendell, a father and CEO

“No love is greater than that of a father for His son.”

― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

Though every relationship has its own importance, the bond between a father and a son is among the most cherished. As an extension of himself, a father finds his own image in his son. Therefore, they tend to feel pain and happiness in a mutual manner. Continue reading

Treatment methods for opioid addiction depends on where you live, new analysis finds

Treatment methods for opioid addiction depends on where you live, new analysis finds

As the opioid crisis worsens, debates continue over the best available methods to combat it.  While some feel medication-assisted treatment — helping the patient completely abstain from opioids — should be preferred, others believe that the patient can be assisted in assuaging the discomfort from withdrawal symptoms by augmenting the recovery process with milder opioids like methadone or buprenorphine. Continue reading

Calculated sales and false marketing campaigns main culprit behind America’s opioid crisis

Calculated sales and false marketing campaigns main culprit behind America’s opioid crisis

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

Cigna will stop coverage of OxyContin prescriptions from 2018

Cigna will stop coverage of OxyContin prescriptions from 2018

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

Preventing opioid abuse at workplace

Preventing opioid abuse at workplace

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

Mixing marijuana with prescription drugs can be dangerous

Mixing marijuana with prescription drugs can be dangerous

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

America’s opioid crisis far from over as drug overdose mayhem continues unabated

America’s opioid crisis far from over as drug overdose mayhem continues unabated

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