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..
Drug counterfeiting is one of the gravest, and yet most neglected, of all crimes rampant in the United States. Although these fake medications may appear to be similar to the original drug in all respects, but in reality, they may be entirely different in terms of compositions and effects. In recent times, people across the..
The rise in opioid misuse rate has mostly been reported among adolescents and those stepping into early adulthood, making it imperative to look for solutions to tackle opioid use disorder among these vulnerable groups.
The respect and adulation that celebrities are often showered with can be overwhelming at times. This can make them go the extra mile to ensure complete perfection in physical appearance and performance levels. The pain that they endure in achieving goals might force them to take to opioids which can gradually lead to an addiction…
A recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy estimated 21 million Americans to be grappling with substance abuse disorder. Studies have indicated that most cases of drug addiction involve opioids.
Medicines play an important role in treating various kinds of illnesses, however, an incorrect disposal process can lead to an accidental misuse among patients as well as others. The leftover pills, when taken incorrectly or accidentally have the potential to land someone in the emergency department of a hospital. Misuse and abuse of prescription and..
An individual visits a doctor when he/she faces a medical problem. Whether it is a serious or minor one, a person expects their doctor to prescribe certain medications that can help them recover from their illness or injury. The medicines prescribed by a doctor are intended to make a person feel better and get cured…
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).