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Opioid overdose crisis plagues counties across US

In the recent years, drug overdose deaths involving a prescription opioid have witnessed a steep rise almost all over the United States. Of the total 52,404 deaths in 2015, more than 63 percent were related to an opioid drug. Significantly, among deaths related to opioid drugs, about 15,000 (almost half) involved a prescription opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioid-related overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. This increase in the prescription-related deaths may correlate to a parallel rise in opioid prescribing rate. Continue reading

Taking marijuana with alcohol can result in fatal road accidents, says study

Those who like their marijuana, often prefer a combination of weed and alcohol, without realizing that the concoction can have an adverse effect on their health. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States and according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 86.4 percent Americans, aged 18 years and above, had consumed alcohol at some point in their life, while 70.1 percent people reportedly took alcohol in the previous year. Continue reading

Continued treatment with methadone or buprenorphine reduces mortality risk in people addicted to opioids, says study

The opioid epidemic ravaging the United States is forcing an increasing number of people to visit emergency rooms or to queue up outside addiction recovery centers for necessary treatment to get rid of the opioid dependence. While the mortality rate due to opioid overdose continues to rise in the U.S., a recent study, titled “Mortality risk during and after opioid substitution treatment: systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies,” revealed that continuing treatment with methadone can help reduce risk for all-cause and overdose mortality among opioid-addicted patients. Continue reading

Prescribing Exparel for pain management may help combat opioid addiction

The United States is struggling hard to curtail the opioid addiction epidemic. Dependence on opioids is a serious health concern in the U.S. because of an increasing number of people succumbing to its effects each year. And many more are queuing up outside addiction recovery centers, hoping the medical and behavioral interventions will help them get rid of their addiction to prescription medicines. Continue reading

Understanding how drug dependence can increase chances of a viral infection

One can use drugs for either recreational or medicinal purpose. However, one can misuse drugs even when recommended by physicians. Drug misuse and abuse are a major health concern in the United States. While experts continue to educate and warn people about the addictive effects of drugs, there are other problems related to such substances, beyond the fear of dependence. Clinicians stress on how the use of illicit drugs can increase one’s chance to contract infections. Continue reading

Non-violent drug offenders to get most stringent sentences possible, says Jeff Sessions

The United States is struggling hard to find a reliable solution to its drug addiction problem. Despite the rising rate of addiction and more people succumbing to its adverse effects, Americans believe that incarceration of those addicted to drugs may not be an effective way to solve the addiction epidemic. A survey by the Pew Research Center in 2014 revealed how 67 percent of the American population showed their affinity for greater focus on treatment options for those hooked on illicit substances as opposed to 23 percent respondents supporting imprisonment for doing dangerous drugs. Continue reading

Frequency and level of alcohol consumption may determine blood glucose levels in women, says study

Women are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of alcohol as compared to men, says the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Previous researches have pinpointed at a possible association between the amount of alcohol consumed and the glucose level of the body. A recent study, titled “Binge drinking and total alcohol consumption from 16 to 43 years of age are associated with elevated fasting plasma glucose in women: Results from the northern Swedish cohort study,” has revealed that drinking on a regular basis coupled with a binge drinking habit from age 16 raises the concentration of glucose in women’s blood. Continue reading

Maryland enacts law to combat rising opioid and fentanyl addiction

The opioid addiction problem in the United States has evoked a sense of poignancy among federal and law enforcement agencies. The fact that thousands of people are succumbing to prescription medicine overdoses in the country has accentuated the need to educate and inform people about the adverse effects of opioid misuse and abuse. Looking at the grim situation, Maryland passed a legislation in May 2017 to fight against heroin and opioid abuse through education, prevention, provisions for medical care and stress on stringent law enforcement. Continue reading

Excess opioid prescription after cesarean delivery may trigger opioid abuse, says study

The number of births by Cesarean section constitutes roughly 32 percent of the total number of deliveries across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A recent study, titled “Patterns of Opioid Prescription and Use After Cesarean Delivery,” revealed how women giving birth by C-section are recommended opioid painkillers over and above what may be deemed necessary and this increases their risk of abusing opioids. Continue reading