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CDC launches online training series to help physicians use opioid prescription guidelines

An increasing number of Americans are succumbing to opioid overdose. The addictive effects of opioids coupled with the tolerance developed to the drug often lead to overdose, hospitalizations and even deaths. Millions of Americans continue to misuse and abuse opioids despite frequent warnings by the federal agencies about the dangers of opioid abuse. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 60 percent of drug overdose cases involve an opioid. The report also said that opioid overdose, including prescription medicines and heroin, led to over 33,000 deaths in 2015 alone. Continue reading

Use of opioids and antidepressants can lead to recurrent falls in patients with arthritis, says study

The opioid epidemic has affected the peace and well-being of many lives in the United States – be it young or old, healthy or fragile. While the disastrous effects of opioids have mostly been discussed in terms of its addictive impact, a recent research suggested how patients of low- extremity osteoarthritis (OA) using prescription medications or antidepressants are at an increased risk of falling repeatedly. Continue reading

Researchers zero in on causes that trigger drug cravings during stress

Addiction is a disorder and people battling addiction take time to get rid of the problem completely. The path of recovery is not simple as patients of addiction go through a host of withdrawal symptoms coupled with the tendency to relapse. Many people dependent on drugs do manage to stay strong and sail past the factors that can cause them to go back to their old wild ways. However, for some, it is a difficult road and researchers are constantly conducting studies to understand the risk factors that may trigger relapse. One of the biggest challenges during the addiction recovery process is that even a short and temporary instance of stress may cause patients to relapse into old addictive habit.  Continue reading

Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week: Drugs and alcohol harmful for unborn babies

Experts have always warned against drinking or taking drugs during pregnancy. Despite clinicians warning about the adverse effects of alcohol and drugs on unborn babies, millions of women continue to drink alcohol or take illicit drugs during the gestation period. According to a report titled “Alcohol and Pregnancy” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 3.3 million American women aged between 15 and 44 years are at an increased likelihood of exposing their unborn babies to alcohol. The CDC compiled the figures after considering factors like drinking habits, sexual activities and callousness in using birth control to prevent pregnancy. Continue reading

NJ’s new law to control opioid addiction concerns state doctors

The problem of opioid abuse has long been a matter of concern for the United States. With the number of people abusing opioids growing rapidly, several new laws and measures are in place to curb the epidemic. New Jersey is about to implement a new law, probably the strongest regulation in the U.S. so far pertaining to opioid prescription, which will limit the initial opioid prescription for acute pain to a five-day supply. Continue reading