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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

Detrimental consequences of opioid abuse among women of childbearing age

Detrimental consequences of opioid abuse among women of childbearing age

Prescription painkillers are killing more women now than ever before. The tragic consequences of opioid abuse have wreaked havoc in the lives of millions of people across the world, America being no exception. Whether it be commonly prescribed pain medications like OxyContin, Percocet, or Vicodin or illegal drugs like heroin, opioid addiction has affected men and women alike. Continue reading

Sedative effects of opioids may result in rape or regretful sexual encounters

Sedative effects of opioids may result in rape or regretful sexual encounters

Getting involved in dangerous sexual encounters under the influence of alcohol is not uncommon among the youth. However, people who are addicted to opioids are also increasingly involved in such activities. Researchers from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggest that abuse of opioids can give way to sexual assault or unjustified sexual experiences, which may be a cause of regret later. The researchers, in their study titled “Nonmedical use of prescription drugs and related negative sexual events: Prevalence estimates and correlates in college students” discuss this in the light of how non-medical use of prescription medications can be harmful. Continue reading

Scientists suggest chronic opioid therapy may not be effective as believed

Scientists suggest chronic opioid therapy may not be effective as believed

Opioid therapy is recommended to treat chronic pain that may result from grievous injury or diseases like cancer. While treatment with prescription medications is hailed by patients and doctors as an effective way to providerelief from prolonged pain, a group of scientists from the Geisinger Health System claims otherwise. The scientists in the study titled “Opioids and Chronic Pain: Where Is the Balance?” suggest that opioid therapy for treatment of chronic pain as not only inefficacious, but also with a potential of aggravating possibility of greater detrimental outcomes including death. Continue reading

Leftover opioid painkillers are often shared leading to complications, suggests study

Leftover opioid painkillers are often shared leading to complications, suggests study

Who would have thought that medication used for treating illnesses will one day be misused as a leisure drug? But the reality is that prescription drug abuse has grown to such an extent that the number of deaths reported due to prescription opioids in the United States tripled between 1999 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A number of factors are responsible for the acceleration of prescription drug abuse which predominantly includes the effects of these drugs such as feeling high, relieving tension and creating a sense of euphoria. Continue reading

Prescription opioid use doubled in past decade

Prescription opioid use doubled in past decade

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

Short-term usage of medical opioid can trigger heroin use among veterans

Short-term usage of medical opioid can trigger heroin use among veterans

Many addictive habits or dependence on illicit drugs stems from abuse of prescription opioids. The U.S. government is trying hard to curb the scourge of non-prescription use of painkillers by raising awareness levels and implementing necessary guidelines to address the surge in opioid abuse that results in abuse of illegal drugs such as heroin . Continue reading

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