The opioid crisis continues to spread across the United States despite the several measures and reforms implemented by federal agencies. Opioid addiction, which was earlier common among war veterans and those suffering from chronic pain, is now highly prevalent among the common masses, including teenagers and women. More and more people are succumbing to an opioid overdose every day. In 2016, drug overdoses contributed to nearly 63,600 deaths, Continue reading
In most households, the medicine cabinet is usually located in the bathroom. However, since bathrooms are prone to humidity and high temperatures, this is not an ideal location for medicines.
Since the unhealthy storage of medicines plays a crucial role in changing their strength, one can experience severe repercussions, including death, if one takes such drugs. Therefore, it becomes essential to follow the expert-approved guidelines for storing medicines. Continue reading
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
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
With prescription medication overdoses topping those caused by all other drugs combined, medical experts have started to criticize the availability of powerful opioids. A study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality revealed that no adequate evidence exists proving that opioids provide better overall results than other treatments. In response to these studies, members of the federal government are attempting to crack down on the growing rate of opioid prescription abuse in America with tough new legislation. Continue reading
Prescription painkiller overdoses kill more people than all other drugs combined, but new technologies may be helping to control the epidemic. Since the introduction of a tamper-resistant form of OxyContin, prescriptions and overdoses from prescription painkillers have gone down (U.S. News & World Report, ‘Tamper-proof’ narcotic painkiller may be curbing abuse: Study”). While opioids remain the most deadly drug on the market, new developments such as these may one day stem the tide of overdoses down to a trickle. Continue reading
Hydrocodone is a versatile opioid used to treat pain ranging from mild to severe. The drug is often combined with over-the-counter pain medications to treat more severe forms of pain. When combined with acetaminophen, the drug is best known by the brand name Vicodin. In spite of its occasional use in mild medical cases, hydrocodone is very powerful and extremely dangerous. It must always be taken under strict doctor supervision to avoid the risks of side effects and addiction (About Health, “Hydrocodone for pain management”).
Cold and cough medication is used to treat lower and upper respiratory infection from common illnesses. Their active ingredients include either codeine or dextromethorphan, (DXM), two mind-altering substances that can produce a euphoric high in large quantities. Because of this, cold medication is often abused for recreational purposes, which can lead to a wide range of mental and physical problems. Before taking cold medicine without any medical need, it’s vital to understand the potential consequences.
Ritalin is the brand name of methylphenidate, a prescription drug typically given to teens who are having trouble focusing, studying or concentrating. The drug has become extremely popular due to the effects it can have on students’ grades. In some schools, as many as 20 percent of the students take Ritalin (Foundation for a Drug-Free World, “The truth about Ritalin abuse”). Unfortunately, Ritalin is also a highly addictive and dangerous drug. Due to its powerful effects and pervasiveness, Ritalin abuse has become a major problem in America.
Demerol is an older painkiller that has largely been phased out of most pain treatments due to its complication potential. The drug is now primarily used as an anesthetic during medical procedures such as colonoscopies and endoscopies, where it can be carefully monitored by doctors. Prescribing Demerol for home use or for long periods often causes patients to develop a chemical dependence or suffer from one of its many side effects. The drug is extremely addictive and prolonged use can have major health repercussions on addicts (About Health, “Demerol – Not the Best Choice for Pain Management”).