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How Many People Die From Morphine?

In 2014, there were an estimated 4,022 morphine-related deaths. Approximately 1,090 of these cases involved mixing morphine with either heroin or oxycodone. What Is Morphine? Morphine is potent pain reliever used legally in the clinical setting, most notably in people with terminal cancer. Morphine is an opioid agonist. This means it blocks pain signals to …

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Common Street Names for Prescription Painkillers

Of the 63,600 drug overdose deaths reported in 2016, 42,249 were attributed to opioids. The effects on the brain of the two most commonly prescribed prescription opioids (hydrocodone and oxycodone) are virtually indistinguishable from those of heroin. The addictive nature of prescription opioids is partially responsible for the current prescription drug crisis and the huge underground market …

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How to Take Action: Getting Involved to Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic

End the Stigma Associated with Addiction An integral component of combating the opioid drug epidemic is ending the stigma. Far too many people are embarrassed or afraid to seek help because of the stigma still attached to drug abuse. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, …

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Non-Addictive Opioid Alternatives: A Step Closer?

An excessive reliance on opioid analgesics for treating acute and chronic pain has contributed to the current global opioid epidemic. The lessons learned from this epidemic are many, starting with the need to develop efficacious, less addictive alternatives for people coping with pain. Another dimension of this argument is the need to limit prescribing opioids …

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The Opioid Crisis Is Killing Thousands of Veterans

As the U.S. faces the worst drug epidemic in history, veterans are statistically one of the most highly impacted groups when it comes to opioid addiction. The opioid epidemic’s effects on veterans are staggering. An overwhelming number of vets and their families are facing an addiction crisis as they try to cope with long-standing injuries …

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Adderall vs. Vyvanse: A Comparison

Adderall (d-amphetamine) is a central nervous system stimulant, comprised of mixed amphetamine salts (75% dextroamphetamine; 25% levoamphetamine). Amphetamines stimulate the brain by increasing the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, the neurotransmitters involved in hyperactivity and impulse control. Adderall was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. It is used for the …

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