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

Awareness among caregivers can curb prescription drug abuse: Study

Awareness among caregivers can curb prescription drug abuse: Study

The most common impression about prescription drugs is that they are safer than other illicit drugs because they are mostly prescribed by caregivers. But the use of these drugs in ways other than as recommended can be toxic and can increase the chance of developing numerous health issues. Read more

New CDC guidelines may help reduce opioid abuse

New CDC guidelines may help reduce opioid abuse

Not everyone follows doctors’ recommendations religiously for prescription drugs. Some abuse the medicines in large doses, which has led to a dramatic increase in prescription drug misuse in recent years. The abuse and misuse has only resulted in frequent emergency department visits and an upswing in treatment admissions. Read more

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

Drivers of opioid epidemic in United States

Drivers of opioid epidemic in United States

The entire United States is suffering from a severe opioid epidemic. President Barack Obama has tried to address America’s one of the biggest crises from various public platforms, the most recent being an official statement wherein the federal government proposes nearly $1.1 billion fund to deal with the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Even in his last State of the Union address in January 2016, Obama had pledged to bring reforms in the lives of the people battling prescription drug and heroin abuse. Read more

Florida gets tough to check prescription drug abuse

Florida gets tough to check prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse has officially been declared as an epidemic in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And, Florida is one of the states battling prescription narcotic abuse. According to a study by John Hopkins Center of Drug Safety and Effectiveness in Baltimore, Florida has become “the epicenter of this epidemic.” Read more

Does prescription drug abuse up suicide risk in teens?

Does prescription drug abuse up suicide risk in teens?

Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication without a prescription in a way other than as prescribed, for non-medical purposes. Drugs including painkillers, depressants and stimulants are often self-prescribed, taken to ease psychological distress or used for recreational purposes. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the non-medical use of prescription drugs is second to marijuana as the most prevalent drug problem in the United States. Read more