In the wake of the rising opioid overdose cases, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams recently urged more people in the country to carry naloxone with them. Naloxone is an antidote that helps reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, which claims nearly 115 lives every day. The advisory was issued with the aim of encouraging..
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At a time when the nation is struggling to combat the drug crisis, the increasing cost of providing health care seems to be adding fuel to the fire. A recent study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that the amount spent by employers for opioid addiction and overdoses care has soared in the last..
As the nation struggles with the opioid epidemic, a whopping 65 percent of emergency department (ED) doctors simply have no idea how they are prescribing addictive painkillers to their patients, revealed a recent study published online in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine in March 2018. Most thought they were prescribing within the limits, but they..
Looking at the worsening opioid crisis that continues to affect millions of Americans, the American Dental Association (ADA) has announced a new policy for prescribing opioids with respect to prescription limits and continuing education. ADA president Joseph P. Crowley has urged the dentists across the nation to make sincere efforts in combating the opioid epidemic…
The practice of mixing drugs with other kinds of drugs or alcohol and prescription painkillers is not new. Overdose cases involving heroin laced with fentanyl have significantly gone up in the United States in the past few years. To add to the problem is the new trend of increasing the potency of drugs by mixing..
Despite being banned in the United States, marijuana can still be accessed legally in most parts of the country. Thanks to the states changing their laws to allow the use of cannabis – medicinally as well as recreationally. However, in the absence of federal regulation, there is no way to determine the exact content of..
The upsurge in drug overdose deaths in the United States can be attributed to factors like over prescription and misuse and abuse of prescription opioids and illicit drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths, which was five times higher than the number of..
The recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows a 70 percent rise in the number of emergency department (ED) visits due to opioid overdose in the Midwest region of the United States between July 2016 and September 2017. Some of the most affected states were Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri,..
The U.S. Naval Academy recently announced initiation of a disciplinary action against nine midshipmen for alleged drug use, according to a spokesman of the Academy. Five men are held responsible for using illegal drugs like ecstasy, ketamine, mushrooms or cocaine within the Academy, while the remaining four have been held responsible for not reporting the..
Past researches have shown that cannabis can be used for relief of pain and treating other ailments. However, a recent study led by Teresa Bigand, RN-BC, MSN, CNL, of the Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, discovered that individuals who used opioids for pain alleviation may not find an added relief by the use of..