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Facebook takes off posts with opioid-based hashtags on Instagram after FDA warning

Facebook takes off posts with opioid-based hashtags on Instagram after FDA warning

Making praiseworthy move toward supporting the federal agencies in combating the skyrocketing opioid crisis, Facebook has cracked down on the opioid-based posts and hashtags on Instagram. Consequently, any hashtags or posts containing drug names, such as #fentanyl, #oxycontin, #opioids, will not show any results. Read more

Florida Legislature passes bill to spend $53 million on opioid addiction treatment

Florida Legislature passes bill to spend $53 million on opioid addiction treatment

The American states have been striving hard to fight against the problem of opioid addiction. In the wake of the opioid crisis, they have enunciated a string of measures to curb the problem. In yet another initiative taken against the ongoing opioid crisis, the Florida Legislature has now passed the bill HB 21, which imposes restrictions on prescription drugs and allows spending funds worth over $53 million on the treatment and prevention of opioid abuse. Read more

Florida’s restriction on prescribing opioids may force doctors to leave patients in pain

Florida’s restriction on prescribing opioids may force doctors to leave patients in pain

The United States is in the throes of opioid epidemic, which is only getting worse by the day. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 11.8 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in 2015. In fact, around 948,000 people aged 12 or older abused heroin in 2015.   Read more

Parents’ opioid abuse forces children into foster care

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

Topical analgesics can curb opioid addiction, finds study

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

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

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

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