Abuse and misuse of prescription drugs on college campuses

While alcohol and illicit drug abuse has dominated the college campuses since decades, the consequences arising out of chronic abuse of prescription drugs, particularly stimulants, sedatives and pain relievers, have affected millions of American teens and adolescents. Although there have been several advances in the field of new and upgraded treatments for chronic pain, attention..

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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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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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Scientists identify genetic variants pinpointing vulnerability to opioid addiction

Prescription opioids are most commonly administered as part of treatment to alleviate chronic pain. Scientists identify opioid pharmacotherapy as one of the key reasons triggering chances of prolonged exposure to pain relievers and consequent addiction. As per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2015 report, nearly four million people aged 12 and above..

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Opioids may not be the best way to treat pain in dialysis patients

The opioid problem remains huge despite steps being initiated to curtail its abuse. Misuse of prescription medications has largely been attributed to its easy availability as over-the-counter drugs andthe tendency of physicians to prescribe more than what might be necessary to treat a problem. This led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..

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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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Opioid deaths continue to rise in Massachusetts

For a sixth consecutive year, Massachusetts reported a likely increase in unintentional opioid-related overdose deaths with fentanyl responsible for nearly three-quarters of deaths in the state. According to the latest figures from the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) released on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 2016, the nation has witnessed 1,465 confirmed opioid-related deaths in..

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Children born in rural areas prone to experience withdrawal symptoms

Pregnancy is the most crucial stage in a woman’s life. When pregnant, a woman is asked to take extra care because the wellbeing of the unborn is entirely upon her. Therefore, moms-to-be are required to take a healthy diet and lead a stress-free life. It is believed that the unborn sees the world through its..

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