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

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

Five things to know about opioid overdose

Five things to know about opioid overdose

The opioid epidemic has overwhelmed the U.S. and the number of deaths due to it are increasing. In May this year, the famous American singer, Prince, became a victim of an opioid overdose. There have been many such instances of opioid overdose deaths in the recent past. The situation is so alarming that many people now know at least someone who is addicted to opioids. Read more

Carfentanil: New face of opioid epidemic

Carfentanil: New face of opioid epidemic

It’s not just opioid and heroin epidemic that the United States is trying its best to overcome. Law enforcement agencies are also trying to combat another problem area in the form of fentanyl abuse. To add fuel to the fire, now carfentanil, a substance banned for general consumption, is leaving a lethal trail in the U.S. Carfentanil, an analogue of fentanyl, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and is used to immobilize certain large animals. Termed as an elephant tranquilizer, carfentanil is 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Before being abused, carfentanil was viewed as a chemical weapon. Read more

Opioid overdose among children and teenagers on the rise: Study

Opioid overdose among children and teenagers on the rise: Study

Opioid addiction is being recognized as a rapidly growing problem in the United States. Since 2000, the number of deaths in the U.S. due to drug overdose has risen 137 percent, including a 200 percent surge in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids, says the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more

FDA proposes mandatory training for doctors prescribing opioids

FDA proposes mandatory training for doctors prescribing opioids

For a long time now, America has been making headlines regarding abuse and overdose of opioids and the deaths related to it. According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016, there has been a 200 percent rise in opioid overdose deaths since 2000. Another 2014 CDC report stated that nearly 46 people die from prescription painkiller overdose in the country every day. Read more