Many players feel like they have given their heart and soul to the NFL only to have the organization completely turn its back on them when they needed support the most. Because lost time equals lost money, players often resort to medicine to help numb the pain of injuries so that they can quickly get back in the game. And the NFL, they say, is doling out these pain medicines to its players like candy.
The war on drugs isn’t limited to fighting illegal drugs like cocaine and meth. The rise of deaths caused by opioid painkillers and other prescription medications is now responsible for what is commonly known as the prescription drug epidemic.
23 May 2012
Every medication on the market has the potential to be used for harm. Some prescription drugs are sold on the street for misuse, and some with legal prescriptions have those prescriptions through several different doctors. In some cases, misuse of a drug can intentionally or unintentionally result in death.
23 Apr 2012
Dilaudid is one of a few brand names for a compound called hydromorphone. Other brand names for this generic, prescription drug are Exalgo, Hydrostat, and Palladone. Hydromorphone is a habit-forming prescription that is indicated for moderate and severe pain as well as painful coughing. It is often prescribed instead of morphine because it has less severe side effects and in place of fentanyl for those who experience hallucinations as a fentanyl side effect.
Opioid narcotics – prescription painkillers – are the most frequently prescribed medications in the country today. The amount of pills being recommended to patients by their doctor is staggering having increased four times over the number of prescriptions just ten years ago.
Physicians do their part to help put a stop to prescription drug abuse. An article by the president of the American Medical Association (AMA) addresses how the medical field is doing what it can to cut down on drug abuse.
06 Apr 2012
The state of Oklahoma has some ironic statistics when it comes to drug penalties and overdoses. While the number of overdoses on prescription pills is at an all-time high, the penalties for possession of a small amount of drugs can result in life sentences for offenders.
Results from a new study by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health show that anxiety and mood disorders are largely associated with the use of non-medical opioids. People who suffer from disorders such as bipolar, major depression disorders and panic are more likely to abuse prescription opioids, researchers say.