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Prescribing naloxone to opioid addicts may help reduce overdoses

Prescribing naloxone to opioid addicts may help reduce overdoses

Opioid addiction has ravaged many families in the United States and law enforcement agencies have been on a constant vigil to check the dependence on painkillers and heroin. As per a report titled “Opioid Painkiller Prescribing,” published online by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 2014, prescription painkiller overdose kills nearly 46 people every day in America. Another 2016 report by the CDC said that drug overdoses have resulted in an increase in death rates by 137 percent since 2000, including 200 percent rise in deaths from opioid overdose. Continue reading

Mindfulness medication to treat pain may reduce opioid addiction: Study

Mindfulness medication to treat pain may reduce opioid addiction: Study

The dramatic surge in the use of prescription drugs in America is now influencing even those groups that were traditionally not associated with heavy opioid abuse. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), drug overdose is a leading cause of premature deaths, with 2014 witnessing 47,055 fatal drug overdoses. Continue reading

Put warning labels on opioid painkillers, FDA directs drug makers

Put warning labels on opioid painkillers, FDA directs drug makers

America is struggling with the epidemic of Opioid overdose with over 28,000 people succumbing to the abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids in 2014 alone. To check the growing fatalities attributed to opioid overdose, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made it mandatory for addictive painkillers to be labeled about the dangers of their misuse. Continue reading

Oregon House passes bill to prevent prescription drug abuse

Oregon House passes bill to prevent prescription drug abuse

America is hooked on prescription drugs, which is evident from the mayhem created by the rising use of opioids. As the misuse of prescription drugs kills more people in the country than road accidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified it as an epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the effects of opioids pose a threat to the achievements of modern medicine. Continue reading

Can physical therapy help reduce use of opioids?

Can physical therapy help reduce use of opioids?

With the United States battling the opioid epidemic, it has become imperative to lessen the use of opioids as prescription drugs. In the recent years, there has been a striking increase in the use of prescription opioids, especially for the treatment of chronic pain, such as spondylosis or osteoarthritis. In fact, these painkillers are also used to treat mild-to-severe pain and are often prescribed to get relief from pain due to surgery, injury or cancer. Continue reading

War on drugs: Addicted America seeks alternate treatments to pain

War on drugs: Addicted America seeks alternate treatments to pain

More people die because of addiction to opioids in Massachusetts than in road accidents or gun violence, highlighted a recent report on Bostonglobe.com. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an unprecedented rise in opioid overdose related casualties in the United States, with approximately 47,000 deaths in 2014 attributed to opioid pain relievers and heroin. Continue reading

Teen drug abuse – prescription opioids the starting point

Teen drug abuse - prescription opioids the starting point

Teens who abuse prescription drugs are more likely to abuse other drugs too, including heroin, according to studies. It has also been proved that adolescents, young adults and college students in the U.S. who abuse prescription drugs are more likely to indulge in heavy drinking, use marijuana, cocaine and other illicit drugs. In 2012, over 5 percent country  population aged 12 or older was found to use opioid pain relievers non-medically. Continue reading