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

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

Non-medical use of opioids ups risk of heroin use among teens: Study

Non-medical use of opioids ups risk of heroin use among teens: Study

“So the brain just doesn’t know how to regulate itself yet. They’re like Ferraris with weak brakes,” said Dr. Frances Jensen, a neuroscientist and author of book The Teenage Brain, which talks about teenagers who are driven by impulses, moods, cravings and emotions. Read more

Drivers of opioid epidemic in United States

Drivers of opioid epidemic in United States

The entire United States is suffering from a severe opioid epidemic. President Barack Obama has tried to address America’s one of the biggest crises from various public platforms, the most recent being an official statement wherein the federal government proposes nearly $1.1 billion fund to deal with the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Even in his last State of the Union address in January 2016, Obama had pledged to bring reforms in the lives of the people battling prescription drug and heroin abuse. Read more