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
Prescription drug abuse continues to remain one of the fastest growing and deadliest public safety issues across the world. The number of abuse cases has continued to amplify at a devastating rate, destroying several lives, families and communities. Being the epicenter of prescription drug abuse, the total number of overdose deaths due to opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) has quadrupled in the United States since 1999. Continue reading
Most Americans boast of their spirit of resilience, which makes them brave enough to bounce back from any situation. The same may not hold true for opioids. People are getting more careful while using opioids would be an understatement considering the figures provided by several federal agencies.
Prescription opioids were first introduced to treat pain stemming from grievous wounds or that resulted from surgeries. While opioids do help in relieving pain, constant use increases tolerance level of the persons resulting in increased potential for abuse. Now, a group of researchers has raised questions about the validity of opioids for healing purposes, thus refuting the sole purpose for which opioids were first discovered and licensed for medical prescription. Continue reading
Numerous athletes across the world use performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to improve their performances in various sporting events. Drugs such as anabolic steroids, human growth hormones (HGH), erythropoietin, or stimulants such as amphetamines, caffeine and cocaine, etc., are frequently being used by both amateur and professional athletes, which has become a cause of concern. Continue reading
America is yet to find a reliable solution that can help curb the scourge of opioid abuse. This seems to be a distant dream as prescription opioid use increases. The findings are pursuant to a study conducted by researchers from the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. During the study, the scientists found that people, between 18 and 25 years, had a 37 percent increased risk of becoming addicted to opioids. It was also observed that the number of young adults, between 26 and 34 years, having abused prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons had risen from 11 to 24 percent. The incidence of opioid addiction among teens 12 to 17 years had remained comparatively stable during the study period. Continue reading
For ages, addiction has been largely associated with men. However, as women are catching up to men in every sphere, they are not lagging behind in terms of addiction as well. As per studies, there has been a steep rise in the number of women afflicted with addiction to substances and prescription drug abuse has significantly contributed to this phenomenon. Continue reading
Teen suicide is a significant health concern across the world. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was the second leading cause of death among adolescents aged 15 to 24 in the United States in 2013. While factors such as depression or other mental illness, physical illness, substance abuse and family history of suicide are generally considered to be the causes of suicide, various recent studies have reported that prescription drug abuse also increases an individual’s risk for attempting suicide. Continue reading
Thousands of Americans seek refuge in prescription drugs to get rid of chronic pain and physical discomforts. But what starts as a means to provide relief from pain can lead to the vicious cycle of drug dependence. According to the latest report by the National Safety Council, drug poisoning due to prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of preventable deaths among people aged 25-64 years. Continue reading
America’s addiction to opioids is giving a tough time to policymakers who are trying to formulate effective strategies to combat the epidemic. The problem of drug abuse and accidental overdose deaths has become so serious that finding an effective treatment for it is difficult. Opioid dependency in moms-to-be can have detrimental effects on the newborn babies in the form of improper birth weight and a host of other problems.
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