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..
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..
Numerous efforts have been taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government bodies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to control the prevalence of prescription drug misuse across communities. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the United States housed nearly 3.8 million people..
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..
Chronic pain is a serious problem that interferes with all aspects of one’s life. Studies have shown that pain is associated with the brain, the spinal cord and the nerves. A study conducted by the scientists at the Georgia State University pointed at the immune system as central to chronic pain. Published in the Journal..
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..
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..
Prescription diet pills became a fad in the 1990s as it was the era when people were overly conscious about how they looked. Being slim mattered more than anything else, with both men and women being equally obsessed with the desire to stay thin. During this time, a diet pill known as Fen-Phen, a combination..
Teenagers are easily influenced by external factors and have a high tendency to experiment. They are often attracted to activities that they feel would prove their coming of age. Such activities can be as harmless as shaving or putting on make-up, to harmful ones like sexual experiences, smoking and consumption of alcohol or/and drugs. Drug..
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..