Over prescription and less information on safe storage and disposal of opioids leading to misuse: Study

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..

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Combating drug misuse through efficient drug disposal

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..

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Nerve blocking may be the new way to treat chronic pain

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..

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