Opioids are generally prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. They include drugs, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine and fentanyl, as well as heroin, which is an illegal drug. These medications provide a sense of well-being and pleasure because they stimulate certain regions of the brain that involve the reward system. Since..
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..
On June 1, 2017, a 19-month-old boy in Akron, Ohio was suspected to have overdosed on an opioid while fiddling with a bag containing residue. His family called 911 to summon emergency workers to their home after they found the toddler not breathing. Paramedics were able to revive the baby with Narcan, an anti-opioid drug,..
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..
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)..
Celebrities are associated with fame and glamour. However, the lows that hit their life, including their dependence on some addictive substance cannot be ignored. The fact that some of the personalities have either confessed their love for some particular pain reliever or have checked into a rehab to rid themselves of the vicious cycle of..
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..
Melanie, a middle-aged San Francisco single mother stared at the scratch marks on the leather couch in the living room. Her eyes were moist with tears as the bitter scenes from last night’s argument played before her eyes. “When is it going to be my face that she scratches in anger?” she wondered. Her worst..
Every year, more than 27,000 people lose their lives to opioid overdose in the United States. As statistics show rapid increase in fatalities over the last two decades, there is growing evidence that the opioid epidemic is possibly the worst drug crisis Americans have ever witnessed. Not created overnight, the epidemic has affected people regardless..