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Opiates

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Do Young-Adult Prescription Opioid Abusers Understand Their Risks?

In the U.S., significant numbers of young adults are involved in the abuse of a prescription opioid medication. An increase in this form of drug abuse largely helps explain the current increase in the frequency of opioid overdoses. In a study published in July 2014 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, a team of American …

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Fully Understanding the Opiates Definition to Manage Your Recovery

Opiates create a broad array of health problems when abused and may be poorly understood by much of the population. For example, some may assume that legal prescription drugs can’t cause addiction. Sadly, that is not the case with opiates. Therefore, you must understand the opiate’s definition to ensure that you remain healthy. Doing so …

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Illinois May Soon Put Overdose Antidote in Hands of School Nurses

Illinois lawmakers are working on a bill that would let school nurses give students overdosing on opioid prescriptions or heroin the drug that could save their lives. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is known as the overdose antidote because it can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent fatalities. This drug is most often …

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Which Drug Use Cues Play a Role in Prescription Opioid Dependence?

Researchers and addiction specialists are well aware that people affected by physical dependence and drug addiction commonly have a susceptibility to certain social and environmental cues that make ongoing substance use and relapses during substance treatment more likely. However, fairly little is known about the specific drug cues that motivate people physically dependent on prescription …

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Intranasal Naloxone on Fast Track for Opioid Overdose

Naloxone is a medication that temporarily stops heroin and other opioid substances from reaching the brain. When used promptly, it can help stop a person from dying from an opioid overdose. In recent years, public health officials and researchers have sought to increase the availability of naloxone and make the drug easier to administer in …

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Missouri Holds Out on Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

A prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an official database of information on prescribers and recipients of controlled substances. The idea is that when doctors and pharmacists can see exactly who is obtaining prescription drugs, the public’s ability to abuse those drugs will be minimized. The database is also open to law enforcement. A recent …

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