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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

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

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

Cold medicines: An easier route to get high

Cough and cold is a very common symptom of a viral or bacterial infection that usually gets cured on its own within some time. There is no medication to cure it, but one can get relief from the associated symptoms with cough syrups and other cold medicines. Millions of Americans take cough and cold medicines each year to get relief from this common disease. Since many of such medicines are bought “over-the-counter” (OTC), one does not need a prescription to access them. Therefore, chances of misuse are always high. Read more

Role of prescription drug monitoring programs in curbing prescription drug abuse

To help reduce the devastations caused by prescription drug abuse, prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) have been employed to gather information on all prescriptions written for controlled substances. PDMPs are primarily state-run electronic databases that assist health care providers to maintain safety while prescribing controlled substances. The repository keeps records of the data regarding prescription and dispensation of controlled and scheduled drugs. The repository even contains data regarding the use of drugs that have the potential to be abused. Whether it is providing safe medications and ensuring that one medication does not counteract adversely with the other, the PDMP provides timely interventions and saves lives. Read more

Study finds link between prescription drug abuse and rising sexual crimes

Instances of students being involved in illicit sexual activities following overdose of alcohol are common among college campuses. Findings from previous studies have also hinted at the fact that more than half of the cases involving sexual assault in campuses are the result of excessive alcohol consumption by either the victim or the perpetrator. Recent observations by researchers from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions hint at similar effects of prescription medications in increasing the likelihood of assault and regretful sexual participation. Read more

Factors that pose risk for opioid addiction

The widespread use of opioids in the United States is affecting not only the people’s mental health but also the economic health of the country. Incidences of opioid dependence are rising as such medications continue to be prescribed to people complaining of chronic pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 183,000 people have died from overdoses related to prescription opioids in the United States between 1999 and 2015. Read more

Effective guidelines and tools important to keeping check on prescription opioids

We’ve been a little cavalier about the safety of opioids for a long time nationwide” – Dr. Gregory Love, Pain Management Doctor, SSM Health Dean Medical Group

The above-mentioned words of Dr. Love refer to the prescription drug overdose epidemic that is plaguing the United States. Prescription opioids continue to fuel the epidemic with nearly half of all the U.S. opioid overdose deaths involving a prescription opioid, as highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, more than 15,000 people have died due to a prescription opioid overdose. Read more

Identifying the signs of OxyContin addiction

OxyContin is administered as a drug to regulate pain. This narcotic analgesic has been a hot topic for over two decades due to the public health controversies it had raised. As a highly potent drug, OxyContin is misused by many and is said to have contributed to the rise in drug abuse in the United States.

Due to the epidemic of prescription painkillers that has devastated American citizens in the recent years, there has been an increased crackdown by the law enforcement agencies on OxyContin. It dissuaded many patients with chronic pain from using the drug due to the fear of developing an addiction and health care providers deterred from writing prescriptions for the drug due to the fear of losing their license and credibility. Read more

Warning patients about risk of opioid misuse lowers opioid abuse

“Prevention is better than cure,” is a famous adage that all are familiar with. While this aphorism has been used time and again to remind the young generation of making informed decisions, a group of scientists in their study titled “Discussing Opioid Risks With Patients to Reduce Misuse and Abuse: Evidence From 2 Surveys” have used the same to explain how warning patients, prior to treatment, about the impact of prolonged opioid use can result in hazardous effects. Read more