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Epidemic

Are Purdue Drug Reps the Real Perpetrators of the Opioid Crisis?

The Deceptive Marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharmaceuticals The start of the American Opioid Epidemic can be traced back to the early 1990s and Purdue Pharmaceutical’s influence over the prescription of Opioid medications. During that time, pain specialists in the United States began to argue that the nation faced an epidemic of untreated chronic pain. … Continued

Prevention

5 Signs Your Teen Is Using Opioids and 5 Factors that Put Them at Risk

How to Recognize Signs Your Teen Is Using Opioids Historically low rates of Opioid (and drug) use among teens is a promising sign that prevention efforts are working. Between 2013 and 2018, Vicodin® use fell by 58% among 8th graders, 75% among 10th graders, and 67% among 12th graders. Moreover, teens are also reporting that prescription Opioids are … Continued

Prevention

International Women’s Day: Removing Gender Stigma and Improving Access to Treatment

International Women’s Day: How Opioid Addiction Disproportionately Affects Women and Mothers International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8 around the world, is an opportunity to further educate and empower women, as well as discuss topics that disproportionately affect them. The stigma of Opioid addiction, prescription drug misuse, and fatal overdose all affect women differently than men, … Continued

Lists

The 5 Most Addictive Opioids

What Are the 5 Most Addictive Opioids? The social and economic consequences of addiction in the U.S. are among the gravest public health issues today. For the first time in American history, people are more likely to die of an Opioid-related overdose than from a motor vehicle accident. In 2017, 70,237 Americans died from a … Continued

Lists

5 of the Deadliest Opioids

What Are the Deadliest Opioids The United States is in the midst of an Opioid Epidemic. While many people unassociated with the crisis tend to think that the deadliest opioids are illicit drugs like Heroin, the issue is much more complex. Many people who suffer from addiction report starting with an Opioid prescribed for pain. These … Continued

Prevention

Teen Athlete Opioid Abuse and Addiction

The Link Between Teen Athletes and Opioid Abuse and Addiction Every year, millions of American teenagers partake in high school sports and become injured throughout the course of a season. As athletic participation and injury among the nation’s youth continues to increase, the number of emergency room visits, surgeries, and prescriptions for opioid medications do … Continued

Prevention

What Is Doctor Shopping?

Opioid Questions: What Is Doctor Shopping? Doctor shopping is a major phenomenon affecting patients and doctors in the United States. Patients seek multiple medications from visiting different doctors and having prescriptions filled. To add to this, patients do not tell their doctors of previous doctor visits, or what medications they have been using for the … Continued

Epidemic

An Overview of Opioid Addiction

Providing an Overview of Opioid Addiction 115 Americans die each day due to fatal opioid overdoses, nearly half which involve a prescription opioid. In the struggle with opioid use disorders, family members see the sufferer experiencing a range of negative impacts. For example, withdrawal symptoms are common if someone suddenly decides to stop. A relative … Continued