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Study – Antioxidant helps treat veterans with comorbid PTSD, SUD

Study - Antioxidant helps treat veterans with comorbid PTSD, SUD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common mental health problems affecting around 7 to 8 percent of the general population, of which 10 to 30 percent are veterans meeting lifetime diagnostic criteria, as per an estimate by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A study has reported that around 45.7 percent of military personnel with PTSD continued to experience the symptoms even three years after quitting the service. 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

Scientists develop ‘drug-use tracker’ to combat prescription drug abuse

Scientists develop ‘drug-use tracker’ to combat prescription drug abuse

Opioid addiction is a serious problem affecting millions of people across the globe. The situation in the United States is dismal due to an opioid epidemic that has taken both young and old in its clutches. But not many understand the reality of the situation. With opioid abuse gobbling up the resources of the country “like a termite,” it is important to encourage those in need for proper treatment. Continue reading

Harms of abusing Adderall

Harms of abusing Adderall

What is Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription drug often used to treat narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It normally comes in the form of a tablet or time release capsule. According to data by the Monitoring the Future survey, usage of Adderall was among the highest for prescription, over-the-counter and illicit drugs other than marijuana, among high school seniors in 2015 at 7.5 percent. Continue reading

Spotlight on treatment: Contingency management

Spotlight on treatment: Contingency management

People receive incentives for good behavior and performance throughout their lives. Children get toys or ice cream from parents for cleaning their rooms or getting good grades, and professionals get bonuses or promotions for doing well at their jobs. Addiction recovery should be no different. Contingency management helps addicts stick with their recovery by providing tangible incentives for achieving goals. By rewarding positive change, the therapy helps addicts become accustomed to healthy behavior and less beholden to their drug cravings (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Continue reading

How doctors are reducing prescription drug abuse

How doctors are reducing prescription drug abuse

Prescription drugs are designed to treat the most serious health conditions, yet they also kill more Americans by overdose than all other drugs combined. Doctors have become increasingly aware of the danger that prescription drugs can have on their patients. While most patients have a legitimate need for medication, others are more interested in satisfying their addictions or making money on the black market by reselling the drugs they receive. Today’s drug climate requires doctors to balance their roles as medical caregivers as well as drug gatekeepers. Medical professionals do their part to keep drugs out of the hands of addicts in a number of ways (CNN, “How physicians try to prevent ‘doctor shopping’”). Continue reading