Study finds rise in opioid prescriptions following low-risk surgeries

Of the various types of painkillers prescribed for pain, opioid-based analgesic therapy represents the mainstay of pain management after a surgery. In spite of the fact that long-term opioids use can cause tolerance, dependence and addiction, physicians are prescribing more opioid painkillers than ever before to patients undergoing common surgeries, according to a recent research..

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New opioid reversal drug bill in North Carolina: Naloxone to be available OTC

America is fighting the opioid abuse epidemic, with different quarters contributing in their own way. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), an estimated 1.9 million people are dependent on opioids. Approximately 17,000 people succumb to opioid overdose each year, with nearly 46 people dying each day due to prescription drug overdose, stated..

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President Obama announces new initiatives to combat opioid and heroin abuse epidemic

Confronting a national epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, the United States has been witnessing thousands of drug-induced overdose deaths which have statistically surpassed even car crash fatalities and suicides. In 2014 alone, more than 47,000 Americans died of drug overdoses. The nation has been engaged in a “war” for last 25 years, but..

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Opioid pain relievers may fuel addiction

Opioid painkillers are the key contributor to drug overdose deaths even though there is no concrete evidence to prove that opioids are really effective in relieving long-term chronic pains. The entire America has been battling with an opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled..

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Heroin addiction rare among opioid abusers, says study

The problems of prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction, both of which have acquired an epidemic proportion across the United States, are considered closely linked to each other. However, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that heroin addiction is rare among the abusers of opioid-based painkillers. The researchers say..

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