Opioid abuse has taken the shape of an epidemic in the United States. The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) highlighted that approximately 80 percent of the global opioid supply is being consumed in the U.S. As per the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death..
Not all are able to withstand the pain that accompanies a major surgery. Opioids are used to treat many diseases, but they are mostly used for the treatment of pain. A recent study by the Stanford University School of Medicine has revealed that patients who had undergone 11 of the most common types of surgical..
Two of the most common and successful interventions performed to treat pain are knee and hip replacement surgeries (arthroplasty). In recent years, the rate of such surgeries among the aged population has gone up. Opioids are the main class of drugs prescribed by doctors to treat the pain experienced after 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..
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..
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..
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..
Overdose of opioids and substance abuse are claiming thousands of lives annually in the United States. However, the death rate due to overdose of opioids has gone up significantly among the middle-aged white Americans over the years, a report published by The New York Times recently says.
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..