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Persistent increase in opioid overdose deaths demands effective measures

Persistent increase in opioid overdose deaths demands effective measures

The increase in death toll due to a drug overdose is a grave concern. The incidents of drug overdose deaths every year have surpassed other fatal causes like car crashes, violence, HIV/AIDS, etc. in the United States.  One of the major contributors to the high number of drug overdose deaths is opioids. Statistically, over 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription medication, presenting a scary and grim picture of the overall situation. Continue reading

Celebrating Lost Loved Ones: Map paying homage to opioid overdose victims

Celebrating Lost Loved Ones: Map paying homage to opioid overdose victims

With an increasing number of individuals being prescribed opioids over the past few years, the risk of their misuse has also seen an upsurge. While overdose deaths from these drugs are increasing at a fast pace, federal as well as private stakeholders are constantly trying new steps to raise awareness about this epidemic. Doing their bit in the fight against this menace, the National Safety Council (NSC) adopted a mapping technology that pays visual homage to those who died due to opioid overdose. Continue reading

Opioid epidemic: Southwest Colorado doctors curb drug prescription

Opioid epidemic: Southwest Colorado doctors curb drug prescription

Prescription drug abuse has become so rampant in the United States that approximately 12.46 million people aged 12 years or older misused prescription drugs in 2014, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The numbers are quite startling, showing the dangerous effects on the masses, such as substance addiction, suicide attempts and even death. Continue reading

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