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

Tackling chronic pain and opioid epidemic by reducing prescriptions

Tackling chronic pain and opioid epidemic by reducing prescriptions

Drug addiction not only occurs out of dependence on illicit substances, but can be a result of opioids prescribed by physicians to help manage chronic pain that may arise due to a back or a leg injury. Opioids act on the nervous system to relieve pain by attaching to brain receptors. It thereby reduces the transmission of pain messages to the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body, and increase the levels of feel-good hormone dopamine, which produces an intense feeling of ecstasy.  Read more

Study finds link between prescription drug abuse and rising sexual crimes

Study finds link between prescription drug abuse and rising sexual crimes

Instances of students being involved in illicit sexual activities following overdose of alcohol are common among college campuses. Findings from previous studies have also hinted at the fact that more than half of the cases involving sexual assault in campuses are the result of excessive alcohol consumption by either the victim or the perpetrator. Recent observations by researchers from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions hint at similar effects of prescription medications in increasing the likelihood of assault and regretful sexual participation. 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

Scientists unravel link between pain and addiction to prescription opioids

Scientists unravel link between pain and addiction to prescription opioids

In America, more patients visit physicians’ office for pain than any other disorder. The nature of pain may be moderate or severe and may last for a short interval of time or continue for prolonged periods. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, nearly 100 million Americans are afflicted with chronic pain. Prescription opioids are mostly advised as a pharmacological intervention for pain treatment, despite millions of Americans getting increasingly addicted to the use of these painkillers. Read more

Number of opioid prescriptions dips for the first time in 20 years

Number of opioid prescriptions dips for the first time in 20 years

America has been battling the pressure of the growing opioid epidemic. However, as every cloud has a silver lining, there is some improvement in the situation in the form of a decline in opioid prescriptions. An analysis by the New York Times in May 2016 revealed that opioid prescriptions have dropped for the first time in two decades.

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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