Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse

Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse

A lot has been said about the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States. Prescription drug abuse can have serious consequences and the best way to avoid them is to stop misusing these drugs. However, preventing prescription drug abuse requires a lot of effort and sufficient knowledge of the drugs. For the ones who believe that prevention is better than cure, here are some ways to prevent it. 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

Talk About Your Medicines Month: Mixing opioids and popular sedatives can be fatal -FDA

Talk About Your Medicines Month: Mixing opioids and popular sedatives can be fatal -FDA

Prescription drug use has become a trend among the teens and adults across the United States. An increasing number of individuals are using opioids, sedatives, and depressants to feel high, relieve tension, or stay alert. But the rampant use of such prescription drugs starts developing a dependence on the user and he or she becomes habituated to them. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 18.9 million people aged 12 or older in the U.S. misused prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in the past year. Read more

Counterfeit pills in US market causing fentanyl and opioid crisis, suggests report

Counterfeit pills in US market causing fentanyl and opioid crisis, suggests report

The United States is facing an epidemic of prescription drug abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from prescription opioid overdose between 1999 and 2014. Factors such as mood improvement, stress relief, and improved performance are cited as reasons for use. A  report published in July 2016 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states that counterfeit prescription drugs are the major contributing factor leading to the fentanyl and opioid crisis in the U.S. 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

Pharm parties contribute to prescription drug abuse among teens

Pharm parties contribute to prescription drug abuse among teens

The abuse of prescription drugs and use of these drugs for non-medical purposes is a grave public health concern in the United States. While prescription drug abuse is a growing problem among adult Americans, it is traumatizing to discover a remarkable growth in the number of teen abusers. Read more

Schools can play major role in preparing road map to addiction prevention

Schools can play major role in preparing road map to addiction prevention

Drug overdose is one of the prime causes of preventable deaths in the United States. About 44,000 Americans die from drug overdoses each year. In 2015, more than 1,500 people died from heroin or prescription drug overdose in Massachusetts. However, the deaths are not restricted to the specific region. 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

Increase in opioid-related deaths results in soaring ICU admissions

Increase in opioid-related deaths results in soaring ICU admissions

There has been a continuous rise in admissions to the intensive care units (ICUs) of hospitals across the United States in the wake of the growing incidence of prescription drug overdose cases. Prescription drugs are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a physician’s recommendation is needed before consuming these medicines. However, with an increasing number of people now taking these drugs for non-medical reasons has taken the proportion of an epidemic. Thus, what was initially meant to cure pain has now turned into a major nightmare with the entire country fighting a war against opioid abuse. 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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