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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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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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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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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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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