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Opioid Abuse ‘Extreme’ Problem in Massachusetts, Survey Finds

According to a new survey, almost 40 percent of Massachusetts adults know someone who has abused prescription painkillers in the past five years, and almost three-quarters say that heroin abuse is an extremely or very serious problem in the state. The rise in abuse of prescription opioids has been called an epidemic, and it is one of the foremost public health problems in America. The new survey compares opinions of adults in Massachusetts with those of adults around the U.S., revealing that Massachusetts residents are generally more concerned about the abuse of opioids than adults in the country as a whole, and existing evidence tells us they’re right to be worried.

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Prescription Opioid Use During Pregnancy Can Trigger Withdrawal in Newborns

New findings from an American research team indicate that even short-term use of prescription opioid medications during pregnancy can lead to neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition normally associated with illicit/illegal opioid drug consumption.

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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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Personality Disorder, Alcoholism Put Opioid Addicts at Increased Risk of Death

People with opioid addiction or opioid abuse have increased chances of dying when they also have co-existing problems with alcohol use disorder or a personality disorder, according to recent findings from a team of British researchers.

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Overprescribing, Addiction to Blame for Painkiller Epidemic

A new study has investigated the continuing opioid abuse crisis—largely fuelled by prescription painkillers—and has suggested that overprescribing and addiction are driving overdose deaths rather than non-medical abuse. The opioid problem has been growing for some time across the U.S., with overdose rates more than doubling between 1999 and 2013 and with just over half of these related to pharmaceuticals. Understanding the root causes of the problem and what can be done about them is essential for reducing the burden of addiction across the country, and the new study offers evidence to aid with both of these goals.

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People With History of Substance Abuse More Likely to Misuse Prescription Painkillers

New evidence from a group of American researchers points to drastically increased risks for prescription opioid addiction in people who already have a history of abuse/addiction related to the consumption of non-opioid substances.

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Is There a Link Between Prescription Opioid Abuse and PTSD Severity?

Prescription opioid abuse is the collective term for both the misuse of opioid medications by legitimate prescription recipients and any form of opioid medication use by people without a legitimate prescription. In the U.S., people participate in this form of prescription drug abuse fairly often. In a study published in May 2014 in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, a team of researchers affiliated with Dartmouth College investigated the connection between involvement in prescription opioid abuse and the relative severity of co-existing symptoms of the mental illness called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

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Online Pharmacies to Blame for Prescription Drug Abuse

The epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse has taken its toll on millions of lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people overdosing on these drugs has tripled over the last two decades. Millions of people abuse and get hooked on prescription drugs and online pharmacies are fueling their habit. While the federal government makes an effort to crack down on these shady online businesses, overseas opportunists continue to sell controlled substances online and ship them to the U.S.

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Health Officials Scramble to Respond as Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic Sweeps through Tennessee

America’s rapid explosion of prescription painkiller abuse has put health officials across the country on the defensive. Nowhere is this truer than in Tennessee, where a virtual epidemic of addiction is stressing the state’s health care system to the breaking point.

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Chronic Pain Treatment Increases Risk for Opioid Addiction

Millions of people across the U.S. are affected by health conditions that trigger symptoms of ongoing, chronic pain. A number of opioid-based medications are commonly used to help people dealing with chronic pain; however, use of these medications (especially outside of an authorized context) inherently comes with significant risks for drug abuse and addiction. In a report published in September 2014, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, detailed the ways in which lack of information on the real-world effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain management may inadvertently contribute to nationwide opioid abuse and addiction risks.

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