The recent death of Prince, the music legend, sent waves of grief across the world. It was reported that he died of an accidental overdose of powerful opioid fentanyl. Apparently, he was taking medications to manage chronic pain. Inadvertently, he became the poster child of what can happen with chronic use of such medications. Ironically,..
Women are more prone to opioid abuse than men, a recent survey in the United States has found. Studies show that almost 50 million American women suffer from pain associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic migraine headaches and other pain conditions. It is worthwhile to mention here that only four chronic pain conditions were..
Experts have come up with a fresh perspective to the behavioral traits that make people more prone to prescription drug abuse. Some of the usual causes of the growing trend of abusing prescription drugs could be easy accessibility to the medications that have an impact on the probability of developing an addiction.
Two of the most common and successful interventions performed to treat pain are knee and hip replacement surgeries (arthroplasty). In recent years, the rate of such surgeries among the aged population has gone up. Opioids are the main class of drugs prescribed by doctors to treat the pain experienced after surgeries.
As the United States suffers from addiction and opioid overdose deaths, lawmakers are bringing about several policy changes regarding enforcement of drug abuse laws to control the situation. Realizing the gravity of the situation, lawmakers and enforcement agencies have joined hands to root out the problem affecting the social and economic welfare of the country…
The number of complexities that prescription drug abuse causes to the society in terms of deaths, debility, financial implication and overall degradation of a person is second to none. The entire United States is reeling under its catastrophic effects.
The opioid epidemic that has taken America into its grip has forced the federal government to take all possible measures to check the menace. President Barack Obama proposing allocation of approximately $1 billion to combat drug abuse and overdoses in the 2017 budget was one of the many steps taken by the federal government.
Opioid painkillers are the key contributor to drug overdose deaths even though there is no concrete evidence to prove that opioids are really effective in relieving long-term chronic pains. The entire America has been battling with an opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled..
The problems of prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction, both of which have acquired an epidemic proportion across the United States, are considered closely linked to each other. However, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that heroin addiction is rare among the abusers of opioid-based painkillers. The researchers say..