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Common Signs Of Heroin Use

Opiates are among the most addictive drugs that a person can use with heroin being at the top of the list of those drugs. Sometimes, you might not realize that someone else is using heroin because they hide the marks on the arms from the needles or try to maintain a normal life while overcoming the feelings that are associated with using heroin. After some time of using the drug,...


New Study Questions Value of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Long-term opioid use is sometimes prescribed for patients with chronic pain, such as headaches, back pain and arthritis. One-third of Americans deal with chronic, non-cancer-related pain. As opioid medications were increasingly used to manage chronic pain, the rate of overdose deaths related to opioids has also increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 64,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016. This is five times...


5 Non-Opioid Alternatives for Chronic Pain Sufferers

In 2017, prescriptions for opioids dropped 12 percent. This is believed to be the most dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions in nearly a quarter century. Additionally, more doctors are exploring alternatives to powerful pain medications because of the risks that come with even short-term use of such painkillers. This is definitely good news given the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers opiate abuse and misuse...


An Awareness of Opioid Dependency

Thanks to public awareness campaigns, more people are aware of the opioid addiction crisis in this country. Even so, many people each year still fall prey to opioids and find themselves dependent on these substances. You can help yourself or a loved one overcome an addiction to opioids by learning how prevalent this problem truly is and how addiction to these drugs can be treated today. Opioid Addiction Statistics Studies show that...


New Study Suggests Over-the-Counter Meds May Work As Well As Opioids In ERs

Opioids are often given to patients who visit emergency rooms with complaints of acute (sudden) pain. While the reason for doing so is to provide fast relief for patients experiencing significant discomfort, a new study suggests over-the-counter medications may be just as effective in some instances. The results are notable since there is a growing concern over addictions that develop with the legitimate use of opioids for pain relief purposes. Different...


The Most Commonly Prescribed Opiates

Derived naturally or synthetically from the opium plant, opiates are a class of drugs that were all originally produced for the purpose of providing pain relief. While not all opiates are used for their intended purpose today, there are many narcotic painkillers commonly used to help patients with severe acute pain or chronic pain that can't be effectively managed with other treatments. Here are some of the most commonly prescribed...


Newborns with Drug Dependency: A Growing Problem

Over two decades ago, the term “neonatal abstinence syndrome” was relatively unheard of in many states. However, it is different now as it has become quite a common occurrence in the newborn intensive care units (NICUs) in the United States. Babies with the syndrome were born with drug dependency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are almost 25,000 babies who were born dependent on drugs...


5 Signs of an Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction often develops over time. In some instances, the abuse of opiates is intentional, as may be the case if someone is purposely seeking illegal narcotics like opium or heroin. An addiction to opiates can also be unintentional and stem from the use of prescription medications like oxycodone and codeine for legitimate pain. Regardless of why a dependence develops, there are certain signs that may suggest someone has an...


The Path to Opiate Addiction

Opiates are the oldest class of drugs in the world still in use today. Every drug in this category is, or was originally meant to be, a pain reliever. For many people who develop a dependence on one or more opiates, the path to addiction often starts when these drugs are taken primarily for their euphoric effects. While an opiate addiction may develop for several different reasons, there are some...


Newest Narcotic Laws in the U.S.

More than 200 million prescriptions are written for opiate drugs each year. These narcotic analgesics, including powerful medications such as Morphine and codeine, are only meant to be used short-term for pain relief purposes because these drugs are highly addictive. Because of the rapid increase in the abuse of narcotics, several new laws for been enacted in the United States to try to reduce availability and prevent abuse and misuse. New...