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Opioid Epidemic Statistics: Key Findings From 2013-2018

Many people use opioids to help with their chronic pain management. While these prescription medications can help some people with pain, on the whole, the research shows that these medications or prescribed too often, and can lead to dangerous effects on health. Here's what research from the last five years [...]

By |2018-11-23T12:07:51-07:00November 28th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Opioid Epidemic Statistics: Key Findings From 2013-2018

10 Findings From Opioid Research In 2018

In the U.S., one-quarter of all adults suffer from chronic pain. Opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine can be vital in making acute pain manageable. However, long-term opioid use carries many risks including tolerance, dependence, abuse, addiction, and overdose. There is a growing and legitimate concern in the U.S. [...]

By |2018-09-24T13:39:24-07:00October 3rd, 2018|Tags: , |Comments Off on 10 Findings From Opioid Research In 2018

How Do Opioids Work To Relieve Pain?

Opioids, also called opiates or narcotics, are one of the oldest painkillers in existence. In fact, some sources suggest that opiates have been used since 1500 B.C. Today the use and abuse of opioids is a hot topic. However, because some of the forms of opioids go by other names, [...]

By |2017-07-07T15:12:15-07:00July 12th, 2017|Tags: |Comments Off on How Do Opioids Work To Relieve Pain?

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a powerful class of painkillers derived from opium that come from the poppy plant. These drugs, which come in pill or liquid form, are available by prescription and can help relieve your worst pain. The pills may be prescribed after surgery, and sometimes to chronic pain sufferers. But, [...]

By |2017-06-28T14:02:46-07:00July 5th, 2017|Tags: |2 Comments

This Is Why Opioid Induced Constipation Happens, And How To Treat It

While some people rely on opioids to reduce their pain and give them a chance at a semi-normal life, these medications come with their own host of side effects. Beyond the dangerous effects of abuse and increased tolerance, they also cause opioid induced constipation (OIC for short). If you take [...]

By |2017-06-27T17:50:38-07:00July 3rd, 2017|Tags: |Comments Off on This Is Why Opioid Induced Constipation Happens, And How To Treat It

What Withdrawal Symptoms From Opioids Can You Expect?

There is a lot of talk about the dangers of opioids, but for some people the use of these painkillers is all that is standing between them and debilitating pain. Opioids work by reducing the pain signals that are sent through the nervous system to the brain which causes the [...]

By |2017-06-18T11:34:04-07:00June 26th, 2017|Tags: , |Comments Off on What Withdrawal Symptoms From Opioids Can You Expect?

The Dangers Of Doctor Shopping

Doctor shopping is the practice of obtaining prescription medications, often narcotic painkillers, from multiple physicians. With the rates of pain medication abuse and overdose at alarmingly high levels in recent years, doctor shopping is a major source of concern for physicians and pharmacies everywhere. What is doctor shopping? The practice [...]

Painkiller Use – What CNN Got Right

The news that painkillers may have contributed to Prince’s unexpected death has once again thrust painkiller use into the media spotlight. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 14,000 people died of opioid overdose in 2014. This may seem like a [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:15:08-07:00May 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Painkiller Use – What CNN Got Right

New Opioid Guidelines – What You Need To Know

In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new opioid guidelines. A draft of new opioid guidelines was previously introduced in October of 2015 sparking immediate concern and controversy. The finalized guidelines introduce new prescriber recommendations as well as strong language aimed at monitoring for over [...]

By |2016-11-17T15:36:08-07:00April 14th, 2016|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Mental Health Issues For Veterans

Veterans returning from service overseas often continue to experience the war long after they have left the front lines. They may not have a physical injury, but trauma from war can be hidden and far more serious long-term. As the wars in the Middle East continue into a second decade, [...]

By |2016-11-17T15:36:59-07:00April 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Mental Health Issues For Veterans