Prescription Drug Abuse Tag

Patients With Pain Often Have Misconceptions About Opioid Addiction

23 Sep Patients With Pain Often Have Misconceptions About Opioid Addiction

A new study on pain management suggests that many patients being treated with prescription painkilling drugs are confused about their options and about the risks for dependence and addiction that are associated with prescription opioids. The study was conducted by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. 
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10 Dec Do Prevention Programs Affect Prescription Drug Abuse?

Prescription drug abuse is a common phenomenon throughout much of the U.S. However, the specific rates of abuse can vary considerably between individual states. In a report published in July 2014, researchers from Quest Diagnostics examined the rates of prescription medication abuse across America and looked for underlying reasons that could explain why some states have substantially declining rates for such abuse while others have modestly declining, steady or even increasing rates. These researchers concluded that key factors in achieving significant reductions include extensive state-level prevention programs as well as supplemental efforts that support these programs.
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Is Dependence on Prescription Opioids Linked to Sleeping Problems?

03 Dec Is Dependence on Prescription Opioids Linked to Sleeping Problems?

Relatively large numbers of people in the U.S. abuse an opioid medication normally prescribed to treat pain or certain other medical issues. In turn, a substantial number of prescription opioid users and abusers will develop opioid dependence or full-blown opioid addiction. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from two U.S. universities objectively and subjectively measured the sleep quality of people affected by opioid dependence. These researchers found that, in both objective and subjective terms, opioid dependence is linked to a range of sleeping problems.
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