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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Opioid Fatalities

Posted on October 19, 2014 in Research & News

States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Opioid FatalitiesOpioid painkillers are leading to an unprecedented level of fatal overdoses in the U.S., and reducing the number of fatalities due to pain medication addiction is a priority for public health advocates. New research has suggested that help may come from an unlikely source: medical marijuana. The finding is controversial, but if it’s genuine, it may call for further research into marijuana’s potential to help those in chronic pain, as well as for some difficult discussions to be made surrounding drug laws. However, there are issues with the study, and it’s important to find out more about what the researchers did (and didn’t do) before coming to any conclusions. 

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Opioid Pain Medication Overuse Among Military Outstrips Civilian Population

Posted on October 7, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Opioid Pain Medication Overuse Among Military Outstrips Civilian PopulationPain management is a common reason for visits to the doctor in America. Around 25 percent of those who see the family physician for a primary care visit walk out the door with a prescription for opioid painkillers.

Opioids are a specific class of drugs that are related to other opiate medications such as heroin and morphine. Popular opioids include name brands like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and Lortab. The potent medications have been a large part of our nation’s recent epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

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North Americans Lose Most Years to Opioid Addiction

Posted on September 18, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

North Americans Lose Most Years to Opioid AddictionPeople in the U.S. and Canada abuse opioid drugs and medications at a fairly high rate; in turn, opioid drug and medication abusers have heightened risks for such seriously harmful outcomes as opioid addiction and fatal or nonfatal opioid overdoses. In a review published in April 2014 in the journal Addiction, a team of British, Australian and American researchers conducted a worldwide investigation of the level of harm associated with opioid dependence/addiction, using a measurement called disability-adjusted life years. These researchers concluded that, out of all global regions, North America is most heavily impacted by opioid-related harm.

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VA Shows Slight Drop in Opioid Pain Prescriptions

Posted on July 28, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

VA Shows Slight Drop in Opioid Pain PrescriptionsGiven the nature of the work that many veterans performed during their service in the U.S. military, it is not surprising that a large number of them require treatment for chronic pain. Back pain and joint pain are the two most frequent complaints among armed forces veterans, while a smaller number experience long-term pain resulting from serious injuries sustained in combat.

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County Drug Study Illustrates Nationwide Impact of Opioids

Posted on July 16, 2014 in Research & News

The use of opioids as a way to get high can take many forms. Some individuals become addicted to prescription painkillers derived from opium, while others struggle with heroin dependence. In many cases, the use of prescription drugs leads to heroin use.

Prescription drug abuse often happens with painkillers prescribed for legitimate pain problems. The patient quickly finds that they need increasing doses of the drug to achieve the same effects and an addiction develops. 

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Opana Abuse and Addiction

Posted on June 25, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Opana Abuse and AddictionOpana addiction is a growing problem in the U.S. and is one of the many types of addiction in the family of opioid narcotics. This family of drugs includes painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and oxymorphone, the active ingredient in Opana. As certain brands of narcotics, like Oxycontin, grow in popularity only to wane when supplies become difficult to find, addicts always turn to the next fix. Opana is just another in a long line of narcotics wreaking havoc in the lives of drug abusers and addicts. 

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Prescriptions for Opioids Stabilize After Huge Increase in 10-Year Span

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescriptions for Opioids Stabilize After Huge Increase in 10-Year SpanPrescription opioids are widely used medications intended to help individuals affected by serious pain and certain other medical ailments. Unfortunately, substantial numbers of people abuse these medications and ultimately develop cases of opioid addiction. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Public Health Reports, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health tracked the success of national- and state-level efforts to limit inappropriate access to opioid medications. These researchers concluded that the overall prescription and consumption rates started tapering off several years ago. However, they also concluded that the success of prescription opioid control efforts varies considerably by state.

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Prescriptions for Opioids Stabilize After Huge Increase in 10-Year Span

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescriptions for Opioids Stabilize After Huge Increase in 10-Year SpanPrescription opioids are widely used medications intended to help individuals affected by serious pain and certain other medical ailments. Unfortunately, substantial numbers of people abuse these medications and ultimately develop cases of opioid addiction. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Public Health Reports, researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health tracked the success of national- and state-level efforts to limit inappropriate access to opioid medications. These researchers concluded that the overall prescription and consumption rates started tapering off several years ago. However, they also concluded that the success of prescription opioid control efforts varies considerably by state.

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Increased Risks of IV Drug Use in Young Adults

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Heroin

Increased Risks of IV Drug Use in Young AdultsIntravenous (IV) drug abuse  is the standard term for the recreational, medically unnecessary injection of drugs directly into the body’s circulatory system. People who use drugs in this manner experience sharply increased chances of developing a range of serious and possibly fatal health problems. In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Australian researchers looked at IV drug users’ age as a contributing factor to their involvement in particularly risky behaviors linked to intravenous drug intake. These researchers concluded that younger adults who use IV drugs clearly engage in these dangerous practices more often than their older counterparts.

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Emotional Issues, Prior Use Risk Factors for Painkiller Addiction

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Emotional Issues, Prior Use Risk Factors for Painkiller AddictionOpioid painkillers are narcotic substances that can potentially lead to physical dependence in both medication abusers and people who follow their doctors’ dosing instructions. In turn, dependence on one of these substances can lead to an opioid addiction. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Pain Medicine, researchers from Great Britain’s University of Derby examined the factors that place an opioid user at risk for developing dependence-related issues. These researchers identified three major high-risk groups.

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