Opioids taking heavy toll on children’s future in Indiana

From being termed an epidemic to a public health crisis, the opioid addiction problem has various names in the United States. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 11.8 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in the past year. Significantly, 66 percent of drug overdose deaths involve an..

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Suicide: The hidden tragedy of opioid use disorders

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..

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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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Adderall addiction associated with serious health issues

While public health officials in the United States are busy tackling the crisis of narcotic addiction, Adderall has slowly and steadily entered the lives of thousands of school-going children and college students in the country. Popularly known as “study drugs,” Adderall is primarily a central nervous system stimulant that is used for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity..

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Unsafe storage adding to America’s opioid abuse menace

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..

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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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Warning signs of addiction to painkillers

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..

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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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