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U-47700 hits American streets despite countrywide ban

U-47700 hits American streets despite countrywide ban

Past researches and data released by the federal agencies have time and again stressed on the repercussions of using drugs that have taken millions of lives. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has brought to light the rising trend in drug overdose deaths including those caused by opioids in America. Illinois particularly, has reported threat from a synthetic opioid highlighting the plight of those reeling under the drug’s impact. The drug also referred to as “U,” “U-4,” “Pink” or “Pinky” is said to have caused deaths of at least 100 people in the city in the past few years. Continue reading

Longer use of OTC pain relievers associated with hearing loss in women, says study

Longer use of OTC pain relievers associated with hearing loss in women, says study

Women who are quick to pop a pill at the slightest hint of pain need to be careful when they think of their pack of painkillers the next time. According to a study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in December 2016, frequent use of painkillers including aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), and acetaminophen may lead to hearing loss in women. A common and disabling chronic condition, hearing loss affects over 50 percent adults in the United States who develop high-frequency hearing loss by the age of 60 years, suggests the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Although hearing loss is more prevalent in men, around one-third of women in their 50s and almost two-thirds of women in their 60s have reported hearing loss. Continue reading

To combat pain, scientists come up with new medicine sans addiction risk

To combat pain, scientists come up with new medicine sans addiction risk

It is not easy to get rid of chronic pain. And the opioids that one takes to treat pain carry the risk of addiction in the long run. Various studies are being conducted to create non-addictive opioids or alternative pain treatment options bereft of addiction risk. Keeping this in mind, a team of researchers recently came up with a new medicine that may have the potential to provide relief from pain without posing the risk of addiction. Continue reading

Prescription drug monitoring programs remain largely underused: Study

Prescription drug monitoring programs remain largely underused: Study

Misuse of prescription pain relievers is a major health concern in the United States. Looking at the increasing number of people growing prescription painkiller dependence, the American government has implemented necessary guidelines to contain the opioid epidemic. Though the intent to curb the growing opioid scourge remains consistent, the fact that a majority of these preventive measures remains underutilized is a growing concern among those at the federal level. Continue reading

Drug take-back events may help fight prescription drug abuse

Drug take-back events may help fight prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions, with ease of availability of the drugs being one of the main causes of the rising menace. An unmonitored home medicine cabinet can be an easy target for someone with the inclination to abuse prescription drugs. Drugs or medicines thrown in the garbage can be easily retrieved, abused or sold in the illegal market. And, if the medicines are simply flushed down the toilet, they can end up damaging the environment. Therefore, it is extremely important to dispose of medicines properly. Continue reading

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: A viable option to curb prescription drug abuse

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: A viable option to curb prescription drug abuse

The rise in prescription drug abuse has become a major concern in the United States with more and more students, older adults, and women resorting to it. As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 2.1 million people suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 in the U.S. Continue reading

National Senior Citizens Day: Opportunity to educate older people about opioid addiction

National Senior Citizens Day: Opportunity to educate older people about opioid addiction

Growing older is part and parcel of living beings, yet it can be a difficult reality for many. People who used to be surrounded by their family members or busy at work suddenly find themselves lonely and jobless. As elderly people become more prone to diseases, they can suffer from both physical and psychological problems. As a matter of fact, many people turn to alcohol and drugs to overcome various symptoms of physical and mental disorders that they are susceptible to. Continue reading