Imagine a magical machine that can switch off addiction in the brain. That machine is what Chinese researchers are using to treat methamphetamine and opioid addiction in patients for the first time ever.
Biotech May 9, 2019
A woman's obituary went viral for its moving message about the opioid crisis. She leaves behind a young son, highlighting the devastating effects of the opioid crisis on the families of the affected.
Feature | Health October 21, 2018
Instagram is bolstering its hands-on assistance to people crossing swords with drug addiction. The popular social media app recently added a 'pop-up' about opioid addiction support if users search for certain hashtags.
Apps/Software September 13, 2018
More and more pregnant women are being affected by the ongoing opioid epidemic in the country. Even the infants are affected, and some of them even experiencing withdrawal symptoms after birth.
Public Health August 11, 2018
Retails store chains are participating in a field test for blue lights in their restrooms. The blue lights are being used to deter drug users from injecting themselves in the stalls, as part of the fight against the opioid crisis.
Public Health June 25, 2018
It’s no secret that the opioid crisis in the United States is worsening. But did you know how many young lives it claims every year? A new study looked into it and found devastating numbers.
Public Health June 3, 2018
Children are more likely to experience serious side effects after ingesting cough and cold medication containing hydrocodone. Researchers say that it appears to be more concerning than ingesting medication that contains codeine.
Medicine May 23, 2018
The American Dental Association becomes one of the first major health units to advocate support for statutory limits on opioid prescriptions. All dentists are encouraged to uphold new policies to curb America’s growing opioid crisis.
Medicine March 27, 2018
A new analysis by CNN and Harvard researchers reveal a startling medical practice that brings legal and ethical questions. It appears doctors who prescribe more opioids receive more money from opioid manufacturers.
Medicine March 13, 2018
The Department of Justice announced the creation of a task force to combat the prescription of opioid drugs. A recent study showed that pediatric admissions for opioid overdose and poisoning among children nearly doubled in 20 years.
Medicine March 6, 2018
A medical-legal team filed the first lawsuit in the United States that aims to protect children born with NAS. The suit was filed to several drug makers and distributors, which include Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson.
Public Health February 28, 2018
New Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has vowed to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts. He also announced that the FDA will issue two new guidances to combat America’s opioid crisis.
Medicine February 27, 2018
The FDA is not batting an eye after discovering kratom as the culprit behind this recent Salmonella outbreak. For public protection, products with the opioid substitute are now being recalled and destroyed.
Public Health February 25, 2018
Individuals are abusing loperamide, an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea drug, by ingesting as much as 400 pills a day. Some patients say it can provide the same high feeling heroin and morphine can.
Public Health February 3, 2018
The FDA issued a statement warning consumers about the opioid-like effects of kratom. The Southeast Asian herbal supplement has the potential to cause addiction and death.
Medicine November 15, 2017
A recent study showed that managing ER pains is possible through a combination of simple painkillers. Rather than haphazardly prescribing opioids, doctors should first consider using non-prescription medications as the first line of treatment.
Medicine November 8, 2017
Latest figures from the CDC showed that deaths by drug overdose in the United States have risen by around 20 percent in 2016. What's behind the increase in death rate?
Public Health November 4, 2017
Researchers experimented on zebrafish to observe the science of drug addiction and withdrawal. The addicted fish voluntarily worked harder to gain access and self-administer opioids.
Animals August 26, 2017
Researchers suggest the U.S. opioid epidemic may have started with a 100-word letter, published in 1980 in a medical journal. The brief note tackled the addiction risk of opioid painkillers in certain conditions and was blatantly misquoted in the scientific literature.
Public Health June 1, 2017
What is gray death? Find out what it is, why experts call it one of the scariest opioid combinations ever seen in almost 20 years, and what it means for the worsening opioid epidemic in the country.
Public Health May 8, 2017
In a new study, emotional abuse appeared to be more strongly tied to opioid addiction than physical and sexual abuse as well as other forms of maltreatment. The authors call for a more integrated treatment of opioid abuse.
Public Health March 17, 2017
A panel of experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms safety suspicions against oxymorphone hydrochloride, otherwise known as OPANA ER, which is a prescription opioid by Endo International Plc.
Medicine March 17, 2017
The 21st Century Cures Act is the new powerful law signed by President Obama last week. The act not only aims at giving a boost to medical research, but also intends to support people’s fights against cancer, mental health problems and opioid issues.
Public Health December 26, 2016
The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.
Medicine August 17, 2016
Opioid-related state laws have little effect on misuse and overdose cases among disabled Medicare beneficiaries. Report findings suggest that laws passed between 2006 and 2012 failed to address the fundamental pain and isolation that lead many Americans toward opioid abuse.
Medicine June 27, 2016
Cuomo has called on doctors to limit their prescription of opioid medications to patients. He also urged the government to increase its funding for drug addiction treatments and provide better support for people who are trying to stay clean.
Public Health June 10, 2016
The New York State Senate has unveiled its recommendations on how to address heroin and opioid abuse in the state. The proposals include suggestions from doctors, addiction experts, law enforcement and even victims of drug addiction and their families.
Public Health May 18, 2016
U.S. Congress passed a package of opioid legislation to address the addiction problem in the country. The White House, however, thinks the lack of necessary funding will make these bills amount to nothing.
Public Health May 13, 2016
Opioid addicts are now turning to Imodium to get high. Experts warn that high doses of this anti-diarrhea drug can cause irregular heartbeats and even death.
Public Health May 12, 2016
Purdue Pharma's painkiller drug OxyContin has been tagged as one of the reasons for the increase in opioid abuse among Americans in recent years. Find out how you can avoid falling victim to the debilitating effects of opioid addiction.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 9, 2016