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Parents’ opioid abuse forces children into foster care

Amid the opioid crisis in the United States, even innocent children are paying the price for their parents’ opioid misuse. Deprived of the love and care of their parents, children of parents dependent on substances, have a tough life ahead. A recent study, published in the journal Health Affairs, established a link between the opioid epidemic and children in foster care. It stated that owing to parental neglect, or homelessness, when one of the parents succumbed to an overdose, children had to be adopted either by their grandparents or by foster cares, which are already overcrowded. Read more

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Topical analgesics can curb opioid addiction, finds study

Opioid addiction is one of the most chronic issues taking a toll on the lives of people in the United States. While a lot has already been done to fight against the above-mentioned menace, a new study conducted by the research firm Clarity Science highlighted that topical analgesics could play an effective role in dealing with opioid addiction among chronic pain patients.

According to the study, published in the journal Postgraduate Medicine, approximately half of patients who were prescribed a topical analgesic after taking opioid painkillers quit taking opioids within the next six months. Along with this, around three in 10 patients stopped taking any pain medication at all. Read more

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People in their late youth and early middle age prescribed more opioids than seniors, finds study

For many, the old age is synonymous with pain. Be it a nagging backache, knee ache or a slip disc; as the body wears down, pain becomes evident. Going by the trend, the best way to cope with pain – chronic or acute, irrespective of age – is prescription painkillers. There have been a number of instances where the doctor was unwilling, but was forced to accede to the patient’s request for opiate painkillers. Read more