Health care providers and law enforcement agencies are more concerned about the adverse effects of opioids used for the treatment of chronic pain instead of focusing on their benefits. The enormity of the problem can be understood from the fact that in 2014 alone, 28,647 people died from opioid overdose, according to the Centers for..
With at least 46 confirmed deaths across several American states, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned the synthetic drug “Pink”. Known as U-47700 in the medical community, the drug was legal in most of the U.S. states, including Arizona. With the ban on Pink, the drug will now be categorized under Schedule I..
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,..
Teenage, marked by important changes in one’s life, is also the phase when children are under an overwhelming pressure, be it parental, social, academic or work-related. Thus, it is obvious for teens to encounter conditions that might make them feel worried and affect their mental health. While some teenagers take these changes in their stride..
Couples planning to go the family way seek help when one of the partners faces fertility problems. Infertility is not just limited to women, there can be various biological factors contributing to it among men as well. Unhealthy habits or addictive behavior may also result in sterility among men, rendering them incapable of becoming fathers.
Prescription drugs are an everyday affair for many Americans. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 60 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. However, the irony is that many are steadily abusing these drugs. According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2000-2014, published by the Centers for..
Opioids and chronic pain generally go together. Opioids have been in use for treatment of chronic pain since ages. In spite of its benefits, opioid use has widely been associated with many side effects. And now a new entrant to the list of side effects of opioid analgesic is depression.
In March 2015, by all appearances, pilot Andrea Lubitz deliberately slammed Germanwings flight 479525 into the French Alps killing all 150 passengers and crew. Following the crash, the German police searched Lubitz’s home. According to local newspaper Die Welt, authorities found clear evidence that Lubitz suffered from a psychosomatic illness. The investigators discovered multiple prescriptions..