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..
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..
Experts have come up with a fresh perspective to the behavioral traits that make people more prone to prescription drug abuse. Some of the usual causes of the growing trend of abusing prescription drugs could be easy accessibility to the medications that have an impact on the probability of developing an addiction.
With the opioid epidemic sending shudders down the spine of Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been on a mission to contain its abuse across the country. An FDA advisory panel has recommended mandatory training for physicians who prescribe opioids like OxyContin. The move is part of a measure to curb opioid..
Prescription drugs are an everyday affair for many Americans. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 60 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. However, the irony is that many are steadily abusing these drugs. According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2000-2014, published by the Centers for..
The number of complexities that prescription drug abuse causes to the society in terms of deaths, debility, financial implication and overall degradation of a person is second to none. The entire United States is reeling under its catastrophic effects.
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..
Today’s youngsters are under pressure to excel in all spheres of life, be it academically, financially, professionally or socially. Expectations from them are so high that to cope with this stress they are turning to stimulants.
The opioid epidemic that has taken America into its grip has forced the federal government to take all possible measures to check the menace. President Barack Obama proposing allocation of approximately $1 billion to combat drug abuse and overdoses in the 2017 budget was one of the many steps taken by the federal government.