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Now, beauty products get high on cannabis; is it safe to use weed to enhance looks?

Now, beauty products get high on cannabis; is it safe to use weed to enhance looks?

While the market for beauty and skin care products continues to thrive with agog customers making a beeline for every new launch, the introduction of a new range of skincare products infused with cannabis is creating ripples not only among the common people but also among aficionados. These cannabis-infused skincare products are creating a buzz, grabbing eyeballs of many. Even though there is no dearth of beauty products and devices in the market, cannabis merchandises seem to have an edge over them. Continue reading

Easy access to Xanax leads to spike in prescription drug abuse among youngsters

Easy access to Xanax leads to spike in prescription drug abuse among youngsters

Parenting has never been tougher than in the last decade or so. With the rise in drug and alcohol use among youngsters, both in schools and colleges, it has become increasingly difficult to ensure that students don’t abuse drugs. With legal and administrative checks in place, the sale, possession and consumption of illegal drugs are under control to quite an extent. However, what about those prescription drugs or plain old remedial painkillers lying around in most homes? Continue reading

People in US aware of opioid epidemic but still stuck in stigma, survey suggests

People in US aware of opioid epidemic but still stuck in stigma, survey suggests

With federal authorities announcing major steps and reforms to curb the opioid crisis in the United States, more people are becoming aware of the extent of damage these legally available drugs can cause. Owing to the growing awareness about the causes, effects and treatments for opioid use disorder, people have started paying attention to updates and notices related to prescription opioid abuse in the country. Continue reading

FDA to antidiarrheal drug manufacturers: Alter packaging, limit amount of loperamide

FDA to antidiarrheal drug manufacturers: Alter packaging, limit amount of loperamide

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called upon the drug manufacturers to repackage a popular antidiarrheal medicine to limit its use and abuse. The FDA advisory comes in the wake of a recent spike in cases of overdose from diarrhea medicine loperamide, better known by the brand name Imodium. The FDA announced steps to limit access to the drug along with other antidiarrhea medicines. Continue reading

Things you should know about codeine

Things you should know about codeine

Megan’s 16-year-old daughter Nancy was behaving strange since last few days. After college, she would simply retire to her room and not engage in any family activity or conversations. One day when Nancy was out, Megan set out to search her daughter’s room. She saw at least 20 empty bottles of cough syrup in Nancy’s cupboard and she immediately understood the reason behind her daughter’s lethargy, loss of appetite and agitation. Continue reading

Risk of opioid addiction higher among surgical patients

Risk of opioid addiction higher among surgical patients

For the last 15 years, opioid abuse has been a matter of serious concern in the United States. According to the latest data, approximately 11.8 million people misused opioids in 2015, including 11.5 million abused pain reliever and 948,000 heroin. With the increased practice of prescribing opioids even for common conditions like back pain, the overall situation has become dire. Consequently, there has been a massive increase in the rate of opioid addiction and the number of overdose deaths, which has emerged as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. Continue reading

Depressive symptoms spike opioid use among OA patients

Depressive symptoms spike opioid use among OA patients

With over 54 million people (23 percent of adults) afflicted with arthritis, it has emerged as a leading cause of disability in the United States. The medical costs inflicted by this disease are about 81 billion. The term arthritis encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect the joints. Of these, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent form of arthritis, particularly among the middle-aged and older population. Continue reading

Link between bullying and substance abuse

Link between bullying and substance abuse

Bullying is a common practice in schools and colleges. It comprises three major elements – unsolicited aggression, power inequality whether perceived or observed and likelihood of repetition. It could be direct (when targeted youth is present) or indirect (through rumors). Bullying can be physical, verbal, sexual or relational (affecting relationships of the targeted youth). Continue reading