FDA warns about next wave of drugs to be abused

Few decades ago pharmaceutical companies were giving incentives to medical professionals to attend conferences on pain management, free travel, five-star hotel stays, gift hampers, toys to bring back to the kids, and much more, all the while introducing opioids and other prescriptive painkillers and encouraging them to prescribe them to pain patients. The whole strategy..

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Study suggests interdisciplinary model to fight opioid use disorder

In the wake of heavy losses incurred by both people and government in terms of productivity and finances due to opioid epidemic, there is an urgent need for an efficient therapy to control and curb the crisis. Scientists and medical practitioners recently highlighted the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary model of care for managing opioid use..

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Minnesota Health Collaborative to tackle opioid misuse and mental health issues

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..

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New findings on opioid addiction give better insight into problem

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..

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A moral dilemma amidst a never-ending war on drugs

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..

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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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Worksite prevention programs may help tackle prescription drug abuse, finds study

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..

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Tracing the trajectory of painkiller abuse in America

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..

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