Abuse of prescription drugs, especially painkillers, has become a major health epidemic in the United States, with millions of overdose deaths occurring every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 183,000 people died due to the overdose of prescription painkillers from 1999 to 2015. In fact, a huge percentage of people in..
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) defines opioid use disorder (OUD) as a problematic pattern of opioid use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. It is characterized by a range of symptoms including a nagging desire for opioids and experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms in the absence of the drug. Another attribute common..
While alcohol and illicit drug abuse has dominated the college campuses since decades, the consequences arising out of chronic abuse of prescription drugs, particularly stimulants, sedatives and pain relievers, have affected millions of American teens and adolescents. Although there have been several advances in the field of new and upgraded treatments for chronic pain, attention..
A new study by the researchers of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that the majority of homes with children in the United States do not follow safe storage norms when it comes to storing prescription pain medications. Using the Health Belief Model, the researchers determined the association between beliefs and safe..
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..
Prescription opioids are most commonly administered as part of treatment to alleviate chronic pain. Scientists identify opioid pharmacotherapy as one of the key reasons triggering chances of prolonged exposure to pain relievers and consequent addiction. As per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2015 report, nearly four million people aged 12 and above..
The opioid problem remains huge despite steps being initiated to curtail its abuse. Misuse of prescription medications has largely been attributed to its easy availability as over-the-counter drugs andthe tendency of physicians to prescribe more than what might be necessary to treat a problem. This led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
Chronic pain is a common phenomenon for people suffering from injuries, joint pain, migraine, accidents or other related conditions. Living with chronic pain can be devastating as it can damage productive lives and tear families apart. Sadly, most people experiencing painful conditions are either misdiagnosed or misunderstood, making the situation much more miserable. The scenario..
For a sixth consecutive year, Massachusetts reported a likely increase in unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths with fentanyl responsible for nearly three-quarters of deaths in the state. According to the latest figures from the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) released on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 2016, the nation has witnessed 1,465 confirmed opioid-related deaths in..
Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid prescribed to treat cases of severe pain, such as those experienced by cancer patients. Although it works in the same manner as morphine, its potency is 50 to 100 times higher. Moreover, Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. According to a July 2016 report published..