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..
At a recent event in Washington, the physicians discussed the challenges of weaning off a person from an opioid or enrolling a patient in a medically assisted program. Erin Krebs, M.D., MPH, health services researcher at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, shared that one does not need high-tech solutions..
Amid the soaring drug prices in the United States, a number of counties, cities and school districts across the country have found a cost-effective way to help their workers buy prescription medicines. With their assistance, employees are now procuring medicines at up to 80 percent cheaper rate from pharmacies in Canada and overseas.
Laura Plummer, a 33-year-old British woman, is in jail after 290 tablets of tramadol were recovered from her suitcase at the Hurghada international airport in Egypt on Oct. 9, 2017. Laura, who was booked on suspicion of drug trafficking, was carrying the pills to treat her Egyptian husband’s sore back. She reportedly had no idea..
The raging opioid epidemic of America is sparing no one, not even the children. According to a recent study, published in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there is a sharp rise in the number of children and teens diagnosed with dependence on opioids and heroin in the emergency departments (ED).
In a bid to deal with the opioid crisis ravaging the entire state, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on July 11, announced the distribution of 300,000 drug-deactivation pouches to 278 pharmacies in 12 counties hit hard by the epidemic. The counties chosen for the purpose include Cambria, Blair, Butler, Indiana, Erie, Lackawanna, Fayette, Luzerne, Lawrence,..
An Ohio sheriff has prohibited his deputies from carrying Narcan, the brand name for life-saving medication Naloxone that is used to reverse the opioid effects especially in case of an overdose. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has come under fire for his decision for putting at risk the lives of many people addicted to opioid..
While the epidemic of opioid abuse is taking a toll on millions of Americans, the U.S. Representative for the 5th District of Massachusetts, Katherine Clark, has requested the international health leaders to prevent similar situations from occurring in other countries. Clark has blamed aggressive marketing of prescription drugs in the United States as the primary..
America is reeling under an opioid overdose crisis as opioid-related mortality continues to rise. Almost six out of 10 drug overdose deaths are due to opioids and deaths due to prescription opioids and heroin have shot up by almost four times since 1999 in the U.S.