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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

Identifying the signs of OxyContin addiction

Identifying the signs of OxyContin addiction

OxyContin is administered as a drug to regulate pain. This narcotic analgesic has been a hot topic for over two decades due to the public health controversies it had raised. As a highly potent drug, OxyContin is misused by many and is said to have contributed to the rise in drug abuse in the United States.

Due to the epidemic of prescription painkillers that has devastated American citizens in the recent years, there has been an increased crackdown by the law enforcement agencies on OxyContin. It dissuaded many patients with chronic pain from using the drug due to the fear of developing an addiction and health care providers deterred from writing prescriptions for the drug due to the fear of losing their license and credibility. 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

Prescription drug addiction -  Part 4: Detoxing from prescription painkillers

Prescription drug addiction – Part 4: Detoxing from prescription painkillers

Prescription painkillers, particularly opioids, are the most abused prescription drugs in the United States due to the increased practice of self-medication for nonmedical uses. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), out of the total 20.5 million Americans in the age group of 12 and above having a substance use disorder in 2015, two million had an addiction to prescription painkillers and 591,000 had a heroin addiction. Opioids include heroin and pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, etc. Read more

Prescription drug addiction – Part 3: How to treat dependence on opioids

Prescription drug addiction – Part 3: How to treat dependence on opioids

Prescription drug abuse is a serious health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths from prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone jumped fourfold between 1999 and 2014. Another data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that nearly 54 million people have used such medications for non-medical purposes at least once in their lifetime. Read more

Prescription drug addiction - Part 2: Preventing misuse through collaborative efforts of clinicians, pharmacists and patients

Prescription drug addiction – Part 2: Preventing misuse through collaborative efforts of clinicians, pharmacists and patients

Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Teens and young adults are more likely to misuse a prescription drug thinking it to be safe. However, this need to self-medicate can get dangerous and more addictive than illegal drugs. Their easy availability and widespread abuse call for urgent preventive measures. Read more

Long-term health hazards of prescription drug abuse

Long-term health hazards of prescription drug abuse

When efforts were directed to curb the rise in illicit drug epidemic, prescription drugs, meanwhile, sneaked into the U.S. society, especially prompting college students, women and elderly population develop a gradual inclination toward such drugs, which soon turned into an addiction. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 2 million people in the United States are suffering from painkiller use disorder. Prescription drugs that are abused widely in the U.S. include painkillers (OxyContin, Vicodin) and stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin). Read more

Prescription drug addiction Part 1: The most addictive prescription drugs

Prescription drug addiction Part 1: The most addictive prescription drugs

Although prescription drugs are recommended by doctors to treat certain conditions they still can be addictive or be abused by people. This is especially true when people do not follow the doctor’s guidelines, use medications for a purpose other than the reason for which they have been prescribed or tamper with the dosage.

In such circumstances, the use of prescription drugs is termed as an abuse. It is largely believed that prescription drug abuse often turns into an addiction, which is no less dangerous than an addiction to illicit drugs, such as cannabis. Read more

Tranquilizers abuse – Part 4: Treatments

Tranquilizers abuse – Part 4: Treatments

Tranquilizers are a class of drugs that are capable of inducing a state of relaxation and calmness for individuals suffering from various mental health issues, such as depression or high anxiety levels. Tranquilizers are also used to relieve withdrawal symptoms for people undertaking medical detoxification from any substance addiction. Read more

Differences between Adderall IR vs. XR

Differences between Adderall IR vs. XR

Adderall is a combination drug that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, the central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves contributing to hyperactivity and impulse control. Used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the drug works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Read more