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Opioid epidemic: FBI, DEA collaborate to create awareness on drug abuse

Opioid epidemic: FBI, DEA collaborate to create awareness on drug abuse

In an endeavor to disseminate awareness about the opioid epidemic and make people aware of the perils of addiction, FBI special agent Eric Birnbaum and DEA special agent William Sherman, recently held the screening of an impactful documentary “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” on October 2, 2017, at Mission Hills High School in California. The aim was to draw attention towards the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. The movie was specifically targeted at educating young adults, including high school students, who might have just started using drugs or are ruminating about the same. Continue reading

Inefficacy of opioids in treating back pain

Inefficacy of opioids in treating back pain

Prescription medications are widely recommended to patients complaining of chronic pain. Some of the pain relievers recommended are potent enough to create dependence or addiction. Many people on prescription painkillers do not complete the treatment or hesitate to opt for it thinking it may not be effective in providing them relief from their suffering or may produce side effects. Still, America is the leading consumer of opioids consuming 80 percent of the global opioid supply. While agencies at the federal level are concerned about the widespread use of opioids, scientists are busy finding alternative ways of treating pain that can reduce prescription of painkillers. Continue reading

Prescription painkillers after severe injury not responsible for opioid abuse, says study

Prescription painkillers after severe injury not responsible for opioid abuse, says study

The havoc created by opioid epidemic in the United States is attributed mostly to the addictive nature of the drugs. Numerous studies have explained the psychological impact of irresponsible use of pain relievers. Looking at the situation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formulated guidelines in 2016 that recommended physicians about the duration of the prescription they must advise to their patients.

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Combating opioid addiction during pregnancy

Combating opioid addiction during pregnancy

Motherhood is one of the most challenging phases in a woman’s life, involving a sea of new emotions that are unique to new mothers. It is the stage when a woman puts someone else’s happiness and well-being before her own. Though pregnancy is an ecstatic journey, it can prove to be a nightmare for a woman who is suffering from opioid addiction. When a pregnant woman abuses drugs, including opioids, she not only puts her own life at risk but also places the life of her unborn child in danger. Therefore, healthcare experts must consider individualized care to overcome adverse socio-clinical effects of opioid addiction on pregnant women and their fetus. Continue reading

Morphine for back pain tied to rapid changes in brain

Morphine for back pain tied to rapid changes in brain

Morphine, obtained from opium or poppy plant, is used for treatment of chronic pain, including lower back pain. It is the most abused prescription opioid and is highly addictive. According to a study published in the journal Pain Medicine in 2015, even a month of use of morphine pills for treatment of lower back can bring about changes in the patient’s brain. Continue reading

Curtailing opioid addiction through Probuphine implant

Curtailing opioid addiction through Probuphine implant

The advisory council of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a novel method of administering medication to opioid addicts. The groundbreaking procedure involves inserting a rod, similar in dimensions to a matchstick, under the skin to allow the release of the drug over a period of months. Researchers reveal that this innovative method will prove to be a practical and handful way of treatment in addition to other recovery options available. Continue reading