The United States (U.S.) has been in the clutches of opioid addiction since many years and many lives have been lost because of this crisis, wreaking havoc on the health of the entire country. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses claimed 64,000 lives. Of those, two-thirds were from opioids,..
As the nation is struggling to come to terms with two most disturbing health issues – opioids and mental health, a new collaborative between 13 largest health systems in Minnesota seems to fight these problems on a different scale. The Minnesota Health Collaborative has been active since January 2017 and is presently focused on identifying..
Undoubtedly, opioids are the most effective compounds to successfully treat moderate to severe pain and their use has substantially increased over the past decades. According to the 2017 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 19.1 people out of every 100 received one..
Scientists have identified an enigmatic genetic mutation, which is effective in negating the sensation of pain. The gene variant was recently identified in the Marsili family from Italy, for whom stubbed toes, burns, or even broken bones are a painless experience. In fact, physical pain is something they don’t feel at all. This gives researchers..
One of the realities confronting today’s world is the surge in the number of opioid-addicted babies. With heartbreaking reports emerging from all over the world, the menace of opioid crisis has taken another dangerous form. The past two decades have seen an incredible escalation in opioid epidemic in the United States that has led to..
Opioids, an important tool for physicians and one of the most effective drugs for treating chronic pain and suffering, are widely associated with abuse and addiction. Although not effective for all, opioids can help make life manageable. One of the central issues surrounding opioid prescriptions is the problem of morally prescribing opioids. Oftentimes, physicians face..
Antipsychotics are a group of prescription medications used for the management of psychotic symptoms, such as delusions, paranoia and hallucinations, and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Since they affect the brain chemistry, there’s a higher chance of dependence and addiction. Withdrawal from these drugs can cause severe headaches, nausea and vomiting. Self-attempt at tapering off drug..
Prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an electronic database, which is used statewide in the U.S. to assess the prescription of a controlled substance to a patient. Based on that knowledge, the health authorities are informed about the prescribing and patient behaviors, which can play a critical role in controlling the opioid epidemic affecting millions..
The rapidly growing number of people addicted to opioids and heroin is shattering the social fabric of the United States. The epidemic is now being labelled as one of the worst disasters the country has ever faced. Thousands of Americans die every year due to opioid overdose. With hordes of youngsters falling prey to addiction..
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..