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Put warning labels on opioid painkillers, FDA directs drug makers

Put warning labels on opioid painkillers, FDA directs drug makers

America is struggling with the epidemic of Opioid overdose with over 28,000 people succumbing to the abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids in 2014 alone. To check the growing fatalities attributed to opioid overdose, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made it mandatory for addictive painkillers to be labeled about the dangers of their misuse. Continue reading

Oregon House passes bill to prevent prescription drug abuse

Oregon House passes bill to prevent prescription drug abuse

America is hooked on prescription drugs, which is evident from the mayhem created by the rising use of opioids. As the misuse of prescription drugs kills more people in the country than road accidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified it as an epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the effects of opioids pose a threat to the achievements of modern medicine. Continue reading

Can physical therapy help reduce use of opioids?

Can physical therapy help reduce use of opioids?

With the United States battling the opioid epidemic, it has become imperative to lessen the use of opioids as prescription drugs. In the recent years, there has been a striking increase in the use of prescription opioids, especially for the treatment of chronic pain, such as spondylosis or osteoarthritis. In fact, these painkillers are also used to treat mild-to-severe pain and are often prescribed to get relief from pain due to surgery, injury or cancer. Continue reading

War on drugs: Addicted America seeks alternate treatments to pain

War on drugs: Addicted America seeks alternate treatments to pain

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

Is medical marijuana the best option to fight opioid abuse?

Is medical marijuana the best option to fight opioid abuse?

The abuse of opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone, caused scores of emergency room visits across the United States amounting to 18,893 overdose deaths in 2014 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by CDC in December 2015 reports an alarming 14 percent increase of opioid overdose deaths in the previous year compared with the number of deaths due to abuse of opioids and related prescription painkillers in 2013. Continue reading

Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: Infants pay the price for opioid abuse by mothers

Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: Infants pay the price for opioid abuse by mothers

“Millions of American women of childbearing age take opioids – and many are swallowing the prescription painkillers before realizing they’re pregnant, endangering their unborn babies,” says a recent news report based on a release by the federal health officials warning against the impact of overdose of prescription drugs on pregnant women. Continue reading

Teen drug abuse – prescription opioids the starting point

Teen drug abuse - prescription opioids the starting point

Teens who abuse prescription drugs are more likely to abuse other drugs too, including heroin, according to studies. It has also been proved that adolescents, young adults and college students in the U.S. who abuse prescription drugs are more likely to indulge in heavy drinking, use marijuana, cocaine and other illicit drugs. In 2012, over 5 percent country  population aged 12 or older was found to use opioid pain relievers non-medically. Continue reading