Few decades ago pharmaceutical companies were giving incentives to medical professionals to attend conferences on pain management, free travel, five-star hotel stays, gift hampers, toys to bring back to the kids, and much more, all the while introducing opioids and other prescriptive painkillers and encouraging them to prescribe them to pain patients. The whole strategy..
In the wake of heavy losses incurred by both people and government in terms of productivity and finances due to opioid epidemic, there is an urgent need for an efficient therapy to control and curb the crisis. Scientists and medical practitioners recently highlighted the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary model of care for managing opioid use..
From being termed an epidemic to a public health crisis, the opioid addiction problem has various names in the United States. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 11.8 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in the past year. Significantly, 66 percent of drug overdose deaths involve an..
The United States (U.S.) has been in the clutches of opioid addiction since many years and many lives have been lost because of this crisis, wreaking havoc on the health of the entire country. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses claimed 64,000 lives. Of those, two-thirds were from opioids,..
Antipsychotics are a group of prescription medications used for the management of psychotic symptoms, such as delusions, paranoia and hallucinations, and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Since they affect the brain chemistry, there’s a higher chance of dependence and addiction. Withdrawal from these drugs can cause severe headaches, nausea and vomiting. Self-attempt at tapering off drug..
Opioids are generally prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. They include drugs, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine and fentanyl, as well as heroin, which is an illegal drug. These medications provide a sense of well-being and pleasure because they stimulate certain regions of the brain that involve the reward system. Since..
Growing up in a family where one or more of the adults are addicted to prescription drugs or even alcohol can be quite a challenge. Such experiences affect the emotional, physical and cognitive personality of children. Here are some painful realities children encounter who grow up in an atmosphere of addiction and sometimes mental illnesses..
Numerous efforts have been taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government bodies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to control the prevalence of prescription drug misuse across communities. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the United States housed nearly 3.8 million people..
It is unfortunate that drugs used to relieve pain can pose danger for many users, who unknowingly develop a dependence on these painkillers. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 3.8 million people aged 12 or older (1.4 percent of the population in the respective age group) were current misusers of..
Chronic pain is a serious problem that interferes with all aspects of one’s life. Studies have shown that pain is associated with the brain, the spinal cord and the nerves. A study conducted by the scientists at the Georgia State University pointed at the immune system as central to chronic pain. Published in the Journal..