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Alarming statistics raise red flag over increased prescription of opioids for mental disorders

Alarming statistics raise red flag over increased prescription of opioids for mental disorders

The trend of overprescribing opioids is already prevalent in the United States due to which the entire nation is reeling under an opioid overdose epidemic. The assessment of the entire trend indicates a majority of the opioids are prescribed to patients fighting mood or psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, etc. Opioid painkillers have emerged as a quick fix solution for medical practitioners who often give in to the pleas of patients for faster relief. Continue reading

Transition from pills to needles: Prescription opioid epidemic may be increasing drug injections

Transition from pills to needles: Prescription opioid epidemic may be increasing drug injections

Deaths related to prescription opioids overdose witnessed a four-time increase over the last 16 years, recording over 183,000 deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The unprecedented rise in opioid overdoses and deaths have compelled U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency in the nation. Continue reading

Don’t give kids codeine or tramadol: FDA

Don't give kids codeine or tramadol: FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a directive for parents to stop giving codeine and tramadol medicines to children. While codeine is an approved drug to treat pain and cough, and tramadol to treat pain, these medicines pose serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death. The risk is even greater for children younger than 12 years. Therefore, these medicines, as the FDA directed, should not be given to the children in this group while limiting their use in some older children as well. Continue reading

Tips for preventing prescription drug abuse at home

Tips for preventing prescription drug abuse at home

The United States is grappling with an inescapable and devastating prescription drug abuse rampant across the length and breadth of the nation. The staggering statistics related to drug overdose call for stern measures from various quarters. The number of people succumbing to opioid abuse has gone up by at least four times since 1999. More than 183,000 people died due to prescription opioid overdose in the U.S. from 1999-2015, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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

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

Alpha waves may ease chronic pain

Alpha waves may ease chronic pain

Chronic pain owing to any grave injury or chronic diseases like cancer affects nearly 100 million Americans, as reported by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Pathways to Prevention Workshop held in 2015. Prior studies have made use of brain imaging techniques to understand how a human brain interprets pain. While structures of the brain responsible for pain perception have been identified, scientists have realized the ways and manner in which the brain controls information regarding pain.
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