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Ways to decrease burden of exorbitant prices of lifesaving prescription drugs

Ways to decrease burden of exorbitant prices of lifesaving prescription drugs

As the number of opioid overdoses and deaths continues to escalate to levels never witnessed before, the price of opioid antagonists needed for reviving an overdose victim has also increased at the same time. Despite naloxone, marketed under the brand name Narcan, being available since 1971, its price has soared from less than a dollar per milliliter in 2005 to more than $15 in 2014.

Moreover, the new delivery systems range from $125 for two doses to as much as $3,750. Such inflated prices of a lifesaving prescription drug has thrown a number of challenges before medical practitioners, especially responders. Read more

Post-surgical opioid prescription and risk of addiction

Post-surgical opioid prescription and risk of addiction

The opioid epidemic has taken a huge toll on lives of Americans affecting people across socio-cultural, financial and geographical demographics, and is only worsening. Primarily prescribed to treat chronic pain stemming from diseases like cancer or arthritis, prescription opioids are also given to patients following a surgery to lessen post-operative pain and facilitate recovery. Given the fact that prescription opioids can easily cause an addiction, many surgeons are unsure about how to tweak the prescribing patterns to cause minimal misuse and abuse. Read more

Resisting peer pressure crucial to staying away from substance abuse in early life

Resisting peer pressure crucial to staying away from substance abuse in early life

Melanie had recently joined a new high school. Her jovial personality attracted many within a few weeks. She soon made many friends and started hanging out with them, enjoying the new life. When she visited home after her first semester, her mother sensed something amiss. Melanie was not her usual talkative self, rather a recluse. When her mother started pestering her to come clean, Melanie broke down and said that she was into prescription drug abuse, and could not come out of it as her peers would not let her. Read more

Majority of prescribed postoperative opioids remain unused, says study

Majority of prescribed postoperative opioids remain unused, says study

Prescription opioids dispensed to patients for combating pain after shoulder surgeries largely remained unused and were stored carelessly, a recent study published in The JAMA Network has found. The March 2017 report says that such a practice paves the way for opioid abuse and can lead to serious addiction, mortality and morbidity.

The team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland, Baltimore carried out an exhaustive review of databases like MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from the beginning until October 18, 2016, for picking up studies in which opioids were oversupplied for adults subsequent to a surgical procedure for pain alleviation. Read more

First responders and emergency personnel at risk from opioid overdose

First responders and emergency personnel at risk from opioid overdose

The nation has declared war against the opioid epidemic, and like all battles, the people standing right in the front lines are the ones facing the risks too. Emergency personnel including health care professionals, doctors, nurses, and police officers, who are constantly in close contact with illicit drugs and opioid overdose victims, are suffering and need attention. Apart from the risk of unintentional exposure, they also suffer from mental illnesses due to their overwhelming responsibilities and demands of the job. They are increasingly exposed to drugs, which can enter the system simply by coming in contact with their skin. Read more

New reforms at state level can tackle the opioid epidemic

New reforms at state level can tackle the opioid epidemic

Long-term use of opioids often causes an addiction that’s hard to forego. Something that starts off as a legal means to assuage chronic pain may soon turn into a cycle of abuse and gateway to other drugs. The constant abuse of opioids has also paved way to the abuse of heroin. The past few years have seen an unprecedented increase in heroin use as it is much cheaper and can be acquired easily through dealers. Read more

Tackling chronic pain and opioid epidemic by reducing prescriptions

Tackling chronic pain and opioid epidemic by reducing prescriptions

Drug addiction not only occurs out of dependence on illicit substances, but can be a result of opioids prescribed by physicians to help manage chronic pain that may arise due to a back or a leg injury. Opioids act on the nervous system to relieve pain by attaching to brain receptors. It thereby reduces the transmission of pain messages to the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body, and increase the levels of feel-good hormone dopamine, which produces an intense feeling of ecstasy.  Read more

Sleep medications: Long-term use of Ambien leads to addiction

Sleep medications: Long-term use of Ambien leads to addiction

An inability to fall asleep can happen to anyone and would have plagued everyone at some point in their life. The reasons could be many ranging from the pleasant, such as excitement to the unpleasant such as marital discord or simply due to too much caffeine. In chronic cases of sleep disorder, medical practitioners recommend the sedative-hypnotic known as Ambien to patients, which is the brand name of the sleep-inducing medicine zolpidem. Read more

Weight-loss drug shows potential to treat opioid abuse, finds study

Weight-loss drug shows potential to treat opioid abuse, finds study

Opioid abuse is a fine example of a good thing going wrong. Opioids, medically approved as effective painkillers, are being increasingly used for non-medicinal purposes and the numbers are devastating. With 91 people in the United States losing lives to opioid overdose every day, the overall figure for millions dying of drug overdoses has been over half a million between 2000 and 2015, cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more

Rise in buprenorphine prescription with Medicaid expansion, suggests study

Rise in buprenorphine prescription with Medicaid expansion, suggests study

Despite the continuous efforts by the government, opioid-involved deaths are on the rise in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately six in 10 drug overdose-related deaths involve an opioid, with 91 Americans succumbing to an opioid overdose every day. Read more