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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

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

Lack of recovery management services hampers long-term recovery from drug abuse

Lack of recovery management services hampers long-term recovery from drug abuse

The treatment for addiction does not end when a patient completes his or her stay in a specialized treatment facility. Instead, it is a lifelong effort to adhere to sobriety, knowing that a simple slip or mistake is often enough for a former abuser of substances to spiral back into his or her drug abusing lifestyle. Therefore, medical practitioners and experts nowadays pay increased attention upon the integration of recovery management practices in the overall treatment. Despite the fact that there are increased chances of a relapse, a study of the data related to the American patients suggests that less than 17 percent of them received medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States. Addiction treatment centers and related health care providers not only have the responsibility to reinstate the previous nondrug abusing state in the course of treatment in people with the problem of addiction, but they have to also empower them to appropriately deal with cravings and ensure control over their life. In addition, they also have the responsibility to impart coping mechanisms that allow a former user to identify triggers and cues that may seduce them toward drug abuse. That is the end goal, at least on paper. The above study led by Sarah Naeger, Ph.D., M.P.H., with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) tried understanding the patterns of post-discharge prescription fills among patients following opioid-related hospitalization. Continue reading

Medical use of opioids may fuel addiction in teens, finds study

Medical use of opioids may fuel addiction in teens, finds study

Nonmedical use of opioids is a growing concern in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly 276,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 were found to be using opioids for nonmedical purposes in the U.S. in 2015. Based on trends related to prescription opioids among U.S. adolescents during 1976 to 2015, a March 2017 study found strong evidence of opioid abuse in teens who had first used them for medical reasons. Continue reading

Potency of immediate release painkillers versus extended-release opioids to treat opioid addiction

Potency of immediate release painkillers versus extended-release opioids to treat opioid addiction

The growing epidemic of opioid addiction is gripping the United States, with a large majority of Americans succumbing to overdoses of prescription painkillers in recent times. Lack of access to care for people battling substance abuse is one of the biggest problems ailing the country today, which calls for additional resources and funding to combat the existing opioid addiction. 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