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 […]
While the short, dark days of winter trigger seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in many people, the sunny days of summer bring on SAD for a small percentage of the population — 1% according to […]
Drug overdose is an increasing public health burden in the U.S., with 63,600 deaths reported in 2016, 42,249 of which were attributed to opioids. The only opioid drug that saw an overdose mortality decrease […]
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 […]
Recent studies have investigated whether medical marijuana legalization could help curb opioid addiction and the associated opioid overdose epidemic plaguing our nation. The theory is that substituting medicinal marijuana for opioid pain relievers might […]
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 […]
The term ‘wet drugs’ or ‘dip drugs’ refers to tobacco or marijuana cigarettes dipped in the hallucinogenic anesthetic PCP (phencyclidine or “angel dust”) or formaldehyde-based embalming fluid. The precise ingredients involved in this process […]
In 2009, the harmful effects of a man-made drug with names such as Spice, K2, Kush, Bliss, Joker, Mr. Nice Guy and hundreds of others, started eliciting widespread health-related reports. Synthetic marijuana contains far […]
Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling illnesses in the world. The disease wreaks havoc on everyday functioning, affecting the ability to live independently, engage in productive activities and social interactions, and attain/maintain employment.
Sweating excessively, especially at night, can be caused by menopause, low blood sugar, fever, a condition called hyperhidrosis and certain medications (e.g., antidepressants and steroids). If you drink alcohol, night sweats can be a […]
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 American Dental Association (ADA) has entered the ring in the fight against opioid abuse. Recent mandates outlined in a new ADA policy urge dentists to limit, if not discontinue opioid prescriptions for dental […]