The conversations surrounding safety on the road tend to focus on alcohol consumption and texting. Considerable resources have been poured into educational efforts to keep individuals safe, yet risks associated with less popular substances still exist.
No pain, no gain, says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he backs an effort to end the city’s abuse of prescription painkillers. Bloomberg recently announced plans to curb the use of many common pain medications throughout 11 area emergency rooms by imposing tough, new restrictions. Bloomberg acknowledges the effort will hit some harder than others but says a little suffering may be necessary in order to achieve the greater good.
In the course of medical history, opiates have lent considerable value in the treatment of chronic pain. At the same time, it also brings addictive qualities that sometimes present too much risk to the user. Now, prescription medications based on opiates are the most abused drugs in the market, accounting for more deaths each year.
03 Oct 2012
Abuse of prescription drugs is a national epidemic according to our own national Center for Disease Control and Prevention. State governments and law enforcement are working hard to get control over a problem that is rampant all across the country. One major thrust has been the establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs. To date, 49 states are in the process or have monitoring programs currently in operation. The programs have already proven useful in identifying trouble spots. The problem is that there is not uniformity between states in how data is collected, used and distributed.
According to the Director of Health Recovery Services in Ohio, Dr. Joe Gay, we are seeing heroin addicts infiltrate the suburbs now and even hit the rural areas. Just 20 years ago Gay says half of all heroin addicts undergoing treatment just existed in California and New York.
12 Aug 2012
Opiates are a popular medication choice for those who have chronic or severe pain due to illness or injury. This is because they are highly effective and provide a sense of euphoria that’s very pleasurable. Unfortunately, the euphoric aspect also makes opiates a popular recreational drug. Oxycodone is one of the most commonly used – and abused – opiate medications. It is frequently prescribed by physicians and is sold under the brand name OxyContin.