Celebrities are associated with fame and glamour. However, the lows that hit their life, including their dependence on some addictive substance cannot be ignored. The fact that some of the personalities have either confessed their love for some particular pain reliever or have checked into a rehab to rid themselves of the vicious cycle of..
Doctor shopping is the practice of visiting multiple physicians to obtain prescription medications or medical opinions for the same ailment. Health care providers usually consider this negative behavior. Depending on various definitions of doctor shopping, methodology and patient sample, the rate of this activity varies extensively between 6.3 percent and 56 percent. It is a..
Melanie, a middle-aged San Francisco single mother stared at the scratch marks on the leather couch in the living room. Her eyes were moist with tears as the bitter scenes from last night’s argument played before her eyes. “When is it going to be my face that she scratches in anger?” she wondered. Her worst..
Every year, more than 27,000 people lose their lives to opioid overdose in the United States. As statistics show rapid increase in fatalities over the last two decades, there is growing evidence that the opioid epidemic is possibly the worst drug crisis Americans have ever witnessed. Not created overnight, the epidemic has affected people regardless..
Prescription drug addiction is a global problem, with more and more people moving from pills to heroin over a period of time. In reality, people abusing opioid painkillers, or other drugs, for a prolonged period are likely to suffer from drug poisoning, which can lead to death.
The United States is currently in the grip of an opioid epidemic with over 28,000 Americans succumbing to opioid overdose in 2014 alone, of which 14,000 deaths involved misuse of prescription pain relievers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Looking at the increasing number of affected people queuing up at addiction..
Prescription drug abuse by adolescents and young adults has become a serious public health concern in the United States. After marijuana, prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are the most commonly abused drugs among adolescents. Teens and adolescents still do not fully comprehend the consequences of prescription drug abuse and they generally believe that prescription..
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..
Prescription drug abuse is the illicit use of prescription drugs for recreational purposes. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders) and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).
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..