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Chronic headaches can lead to prescription drug abuse

Chronic headaches can lead to prescription drug abuse

It is a known fact that too much stress can be the root cause of many mental and physical ailments. Unfortunately, many people are oblivious to the symptoms of stress until they reach the breaking point.  Although no part of the body is immune to the drastic effects of stress, some of the most common physical symptoms include headaches, insomnia, low energy level, constant worrying, etc. Continue reading

Poor and less educated more vulnerable to chronic pain: Study

Poor and less educated more vulnerable to chronic pain: Study

According to a new study done by a University of Buffalo (UB) medical sociologist Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, the poorer and older Americans are more likely to suffer from chronic pain as compared to their rich counterparts. As per Grol-Prokopczyk, people with lower levels of education and wealth do not just have more pain, but also more severe pain. During the study, Grol-Prokopczyk also looked at pain-related disability to check if pain interfered with the ability to perform normal work or household activities. Her observations proved that the disability was more prevalent in the poorer and less educated people. Continue reading

Why opioids create pleasurable feelings?

Why opioids create pleasurable feelings?

Modern medicine has advanced immensely, and there is rarely any physical pain that cannot be treated. In cases where low-potency or over-the-counter drugs are not enough for effective pain management, doctors can prescribe strong medication comprising opiates/opioids. Opiates are strong pain-relieving drugs derived from the poppy plant, including codeine and morphine. Heroin, derived from morphine, is one of the most famous and widely used opiates. Opioids are manmade opiates, such as methadone, oxycodone and fentanyl, and have a similar pain-relieving effect. Continue reading

Tips to avoid addiction to prescription drugs

Tips to avoid addiction to prescription drugs

Prescription drug abuse has become a national problem in the United States, taking the shape of an epidemic. Prescription drugs are being misused and abused in comparison to other illegal drugs, killing more people than cocaine and heroin combined. Some people take prescription drugs like painkillers, sedatives or stimulants on a regular basis to cure certain medical conditions, but, in the process, develop an addiction to such medications. Continue reading

Why do some people fall into the trap of prescription drug addiction

Why do some people fall into the trap of prescription drug addiction

Why and how people get addicted to drugs is a question that haunts almost everyone who thinks that those who abuse drugs do not have the willpower to stop their drug use or simply lack moral principles. Though opioids were discovered in the 19th century to cure chronic pain, contributing to a major development in the field of public health, they gradually became the third most commonly abused drugs in America, just behind marijuana and alcohol. In fact, there are some prescription drugs that can become addictive when used in a manner and dosage not prescribed by the physician. Continue reading

Buprenorphine treatment fails to meet new target

Buprenorphine treatment fails to meet new target

To find an effective solution to the opioid crisis, the Obama administration increased the number of patients to get buprenorphine treatment under each doctor from 100 to 275. The measure was announced in July 2016 to rein in the growing opioid overdose problem. However, a recent study has revealed that the move has met with very little success as opposed to what was initially envisaged. 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