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

Parents’ opioid abuse forces children into foster care

Parents’ opioid abuse forces children into foster care

Amid the opioid crisis in the United States, even innocent children are paying the price for their parents’ opioid misuse. Deprived of the love and care of their parents, children of parents dependent on substances, have a tough life ahead. A recent study, published in the journal Health Affairs, established a link between the opioid epidemic and children in foster care. It stated that owing to parental neglect, or homelessness, when one of the parents succumbed to an overdose, children had to be adopted either by their grandparents or by foster cares, which are already overcrowded. Read more

Cold medicines: An easier route to get high

Cold medicines: An easier route to get high

Cough and cold is a very common symptom of a viral or bacterial infection that usually gets cured on its own within some time. There is no medication to cure it, but one can get relief from the associated symptoms with cough syrups and other cold medicines. Millions of Americans take cough and cold medicines each year to get relief from this common disease. Since many of such medicines are bought “over-the-counter” (OTC), one does not need a prescription to access them. Therefore, chances of misuse are always high. 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

Warning patients about risk of opioid misuse lowers opioid abuse

Warning patients about risk of opioid misuse lowers opioid abuse

“Prevention is better than cure,” is a famous adage that all are familiar with. While this aphorism has been used time and again to remind the young generation of making informed decisions, a group of scientists in their study titled “Discussing Opioid Risks With Patients to Reduce Misuse and Abuse: Evidence From 2 Surveys” have used the same to explain how warning patients, prior to treatment, about the impact of prolonged opioid use can result in hazardous effects. 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

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