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

Tackling chronic pain and opioid epidemic by reducing prescriptions

Tackling chronic pain and opioid epidemic by reducing prescriptions

Drug addiction not only occurs out of dependence on illicit substances, but can be a result of opioids prescribed by physicians to help manage chronic pain that may arise due to a back or a leg injury. Opioids act on the nervous system to relieve pain by attaching to brain receptors. It thereby reduces the transmission of pain messages to the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body, and increase the levels of feel-good hormone dopamine, which produces an intense feeling of ecstasy.  Read more

Rise in buprenorphine prescription with Medicaid expansion, suggests study

Rise in buprenorphine prescription with Medicaid expansion, suggests study

Despite the continuous efforts by the government, opioid-involved deaths are on the rise in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately six in 10 drug overdose-related deaths involve an opioid, with 91 Americans succumbing to an opioid overdose every day. 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 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

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

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

Passing of Amendment 2 legalizes medical marijuana in Florida

Passing of Amendment 2 legalizes medical marijuana in Florida

Florida passed the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative or Florida Amendment 2 on November 8, 2016, that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida. The passing of Florida Amendment 2 implies that patients suffering from AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and other similar conditions will now have access to medical marijuana. It will allow licensed physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from such devastating illnesses. However, it continues to follow the state as well federal prohibitions regarding recreational marijuana use. Read more