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Improper weight management in adolescents linked to nonmedical use of prescription drugs, says study

Improper weight management in adolescents linked to nonmedical use of prescription drugs, says study

Young adults and teens with poor body image have an increased tendency to use drugs, as compared to their peers. To address the rising problem of prescription drug use among weight-conscious youngsters, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, had urged health educators in schools and other health care professionals to focus not only on healthy weight management practices, but also on providing the right message regarding substance abuse in a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in February 2017. Continue reading

Increase in prescription drug abuse: A resultant of unsupervised sharing of prescriptions

Increase in prescription drug abuse:  A resultant of unsupervised sharing of prescriptions

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

Rising use of smart drugs among children

Rising use of smart drugs among children

Of late, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of study drugs, also called “smart drugs,” among students globally. Most of these smart drugs are prescription stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, which are primarily used to treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common mental disorder found in American school children. 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

National Safety Month: Implementing safety measures to protect students on campus

National Safety Month: Implementing safety measures to protect students on campus

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the risk of prescription drug abuse is highest among young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 across America. In 2014, over 1,700 young adults died from overdosing on prescription drugs. Prescription drugs abused most frequently include opioid painkillers, anxiolytics and stimulant drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The NIDA notes that young adults abuse prescription drugs to get high or as stimulating aids to help them in their studies. Continue reading

New way of developing painkillers may prevent harmful side effects, finds study

New way of developing painkillers may prevent harmful side effects, finds study

Opioid painkillers are widely used to treat chronic pain resulting from damaged tissues or inflammation caused by surgical treatment, damaged nerves, arthritis or cancer. While painkillers are effective in alleviating severe pain, they come with significant side effects such as vomiting, nausea, drowsiness, lethargy, constipation and respiratory depression. One of the harmful side effects of painkillers is dependency or addiction, which has now become an epidemic in the United States and other countries. Continue reading

Naloxone to be readily given to patients fighting opioid abuse, says study

Naloxone to be readily given to patients fighting opioid abuse, says study

Opioid addiction is one of the major health care crises affecting the American population in recent times. The numbers of Americans seeking treatment for an opioid addiction have increased by 900 percent since 1997, as per a 2015 report published in the Annual Review of Public Health. Today, opioid overdose deaths in the country are happening in spurts, with a large number of people succumbing to powerful painkillers and heroin. Continue reading

Massachusetts dental schools to help people prevent opioid abuse

Massachusetts dental schools to help people prevent opioid abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a rapidly growing epidemic that has been taking a serious toll on Americans since the last several years. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2015, of the 20.5 million Americans aged 12 years and above with a substance use disorder, approximately 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers. Continue reading