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

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

Weight-loss drug shows potential to treat opioid abuse, finds study

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

Effective guidelines and tools important to keeping check on prescription opioids

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

Misusing prescription drugs is becoming a common affair among Americans

Misusing prescription drugs is becoming a common affair among Americans

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), with nearly 15 million people aged 12 years and above using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, it has become a growing concern in the United States. More than 6.5 million people above the age of 11 years used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in 2013. These drugs are misused and abused more often than any other drug, except marijuana and alcohol, adds SAMHSA. Read more

Codeine addiction and its prevention

Codeine addiction and its prevention

Codeine is an opioid – a narcotic analgesic – commonly used as a cough syrup also. It blocks signaling pathways between the brain and the central nervous system (CNS). As a CNS depressant, it diminishes the cough stimuli when other cough suppressants become ineffective. 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

Opioid use among older adults with COPD ups risk of death: Study

Opioid use among older adults with COPD ups risk of death: Study

The effects of opioids on physiological and psychological health of a person are already known. While American law enforcement agencies and health care providers are focusing on framing policies and guidelines to combat the opioid epidemic and on identifying potential reasons that lead people to use opioids, a recent study offers more reasons to dread opioids. Read more