In the wake of the opioid addiction plaguing the United States, the greatest need of the time is to identify the reasons behind this outbreak. A telephonic survey by the Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation found that one-third of the respondents who had taken prescription opioids for two months or more in the past two years..
Lately, illegal drugs have invaded all aspects of the American society. Young adults are exposed to illegal substances earlier in their life, resulting in serious repercussions. And now a recent study published online in the journal Heart Asia revealed that recreational amphetamines, also known as speed, ice, snow, etc., can substantially hasten the process of..
Addiction is a progressive brain disorder, which involves intense cravings for addictive substances despite knowing their adverse consequences. Addiction to anything, be it to pleasurable activities such as shopping or gambling, can influence the brain in various ways and subvert the way it reacts to different stressful conditions. Addiction is actually a serious illness that..
Doctor shopping is the practice of visiting multiple physicians to obtain prescription medications or medical opinions for the same ailment. Health care providers usually consider this negative behavior. Depending on various definitions of doctor shopping, methodology and patient sample, the rate of this activity varies extensively between 6.3 percent and 56 percent. It is a..
The respect and adulation that celebrities are often showered with can be overwhelming at times. This can make them go the extra mile to ensure complete perfection in physical appearance and performance levels. The pain that they endure in achieving goals might force them to take to opioids which can gradually lead to an addiction…
The respect that celebrities in Hollywood get is far more than the extent of recognition received by others who excel in their respective fields. Such a degree of acknowledgment may be overwhelming at times but celebrities should act responsibly as they are emulated by many.
Medicines play an important role in treating various kinds of illnesses, however, an incorrect disposal process can lead to an accidental misuse among patients as well as others. The leftover pills, when taken incorrectly or accidentally have the potential to land someone in the emergency department of a hospital. Misuse and abuse of prescription and..
Health care providers and law enforcement agencies are more concerned about the adverse effects of opioids used for the treatment of chronic pain instead of focusing on their benefits. The enormity of the problem can be understood from the fact that in 2014 alone, 28,647 people died from opioid overdose, according to the Centers for..
With at least 46 confirmed deaths across several American states, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned the synthetic drug “Pink”. Known as U-47700 in the medical community, the drug was legal in most of the U.S. states, including Arizona. With the ban on Pink, the drug will now be categorized under Schedule I..
The recent death of Prince, the music legend, sent waves of grief across the world. It was reported that he died of an accidental overdose of powerful opioid fentanyl. Apparently, he was taking medications to manage chronic pain. Inadvertently, he became the poster child of what can happen with chronic use of such medications. Ironically,..