Experiential nonopioid therapies ensure safer management of pain

“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” Dr. Albert Schweitzer, French physician, 1931 The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), defined pain as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” Since pain has troubled and perplexed humans for generations, various cures have..

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Challenges of growing up in a family dependent on substances

Growing up in a family where one or more of the adults are addicted to prescription drugs or even alcohol can be quite a challenge. Such experiences affect the emotional, physical and cognitive personality of children. Here are some painful realities children encounter who grow up in an atmosphere of addiction and sometimes mental illnesses..

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Surgery may lead to prescription painkiller dependence, finds study

It is unfortunate that drugs used to relieve pain can pose danger for many users, who unknowingly develop a dependence on these painkillers. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 3.8 million people aged 12 or older (1.4 percent of the population in the respective age group) were current misusers of..

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Abuse and misuse of prescription drugs on college campuses

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..

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Long-term prescription opioid use can lead to addiction, says survey

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..

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Using kratom to treat opioid addiction naturally

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..

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Scientists identify genetic variants pinpointing vulnerability to opioid addiction

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..

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Use of prescription drugs for unhealthy weight management practices growing among adolescents

A healthy routine has a significant and long-lasting impact on the physical, mental and emotional health. Lately, people are leaving no stone unturned to make healthy lifestyle a way of living. More often, such individuals search for innumerable options to maintain a healthy routine by exercising, eating right and staying away from harmful substances. In..

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Bad batch of heroin responsible for 6 deaths in Atlantic City

Heroin use in the United States has skyrocketed over the last decade. With a significant rise in cases of heroin overdoses across the nation, the situation is turning from bad to worse. Recently, at least six people succumbed to heroin overdoses in Atlantic City, New Jersey (N.J.), proving that the calamity is here to stay…

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