Talk About Your Medicines Month: Mixing opioids and popular sedatives can be fatal -FDA

Talk About Your Medicines Month: Mixing opioids and popular sedatives can be fatal -FDA

Prescription drug use has become a trend among the teens and adults across the United States. An increasing number of individuals are using opioids, sedatives, and depressants to feel high, relieve tension, or stay alert. But the rampant use of such prescription drugs starts developing a dependence on the user and he or she becomes habituated to them. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 18.9 million people aged 12 or older in the U.S. misused prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year. Read more

Pharm parties contribute to prescription drug abuse among teens

Pharm parties contribute to prescription drug abuse among teens

The abuse of prescription drugs and use of these drugs for non-medical purposes is a grave public health concern in the United States. While prescription drug abuse is a growing problem among adult Americans, it is traumatizing to discover a remarkable growth in the number of teen abusers. Read more

Massachusetts introduces new monitoring system to curb prescription drug abuse

Massachusetts introduces new monitoring system to curb prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a major concern that has been bothering both federal and state governments in the United States for years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2013, around 52 million people aged 12 years and older in the U.S. have abused prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime. The number of unintentional opioid overdose death cases in Massachusetts increased by 18 percent in 2015 from 2014, as per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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Schools can play major role in preparing road map to addiction prevention

Schools can play major role in preparing road map to addiction prevention

Drug overdose is one of the prime causes of preventable deaths in the United States. About 44,000 Americans die from drug overdoses each year. In 2015, more than 1,500 people died from heroin or prescription drug overdose in Massachusetts. However, the deaths are not restricted to the specific region. Read more

Exercise decreases probability to shift from prescription opioids to heroin in teens: Study

Exercise decreases probability to shift from prescription opioids to heroin in teens: Study

It is important to lead an active life during teenage as it helps keep numerous illnesses at bay. However, the importance of being active and exercise increases when it has a direct relationship with the probability of a person to develop addiction. With the opioid abuse becoming a grave concern among American adolescents, it is important to take adequate steps that will help them lead a drug-free life. Read more

Prescription painkillers may prolong and worsen pain: Study

Prescription painkillers may prolong and worsen pain: Study

The findings of a new study, which can be described as revolutionary, may soon change the way doctors look at pain and force them to reconsider their decision of prescribing painkillers as treatment. Most prescription opioids are advised by doctors to patients suffering from chronic pain. However, these patients develop tolerance to the opioids over a period of time, eventually making them victims of addiction. Read more

Awareness among caregivers can curb prescription drug abuse: Study

Awareness among caregivers can curb prescription drug abuse: Study

The most common impression about prescription drugs is that they are safer than other illicit drugs because they are mostly prescribed by caregivers. But the use of these drugs in ways other than as recommended can be toxic and can increase the chance of developing numerous health issues. Read more

New CDC guidelines may help reduce opioid abuse

New CDC guidelines may help reduce opioid abuse

Not everyone follows doctors’ recommendations religiously for prescription drugs. Some abuse the medicines in large doses, which has led to a dramatic increase in prescription drug misuse in recent years. The abuse and misuse has only resulted in frequent emergency department visits and an upswing in treatment admissions. Read more

Differences between antidepressant and antianxiety medication effects

Differences between antidepressant and antianxiety medication effects

Though antidepressant and antianxiety medications have similarities, they also have specific differences, including unique and possible side effects. Those who take either of these as part of a treatment plan will need to be aware of these and discuss them with their doctor to reduce complications. For example, a health professional will need to be made aware of any other medications being taken due to drug interactions. Otherwise, unforeseen risks can be possibilities. This can be doubly so if a person decides to misuse prescription drugs recreationally for any reason. Read more

Florida gets tough to check prescription drug abuse

Florida gets tough to check prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse has officially been declared as an epidemic in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And, Florida is one of the states battling prescription narcotic abuse. According to a study by John Hopkins Center of Drug Safety and Effectiveness in Baltimore, Florida has become “the epicenter of this epidemic.” Read more