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Drug Abuse Prevention Programs for Adolescent: Adopting New and Relevant Techniques...

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) alcohol, marijuana and over the counter medications are the most commonly abused drugs by teens (NIDA, 2018). National drug use surveys indicate that some children are abusing drugs by age 12- or 13-years-old (NIDA, 2018). Studies have shown that research-based intervention programs can reduce early use of drugs by teen (NIDA, 2018). Prevention programs try to reduce the risk factors for drug use and increase the protective factors (NIDA, 2018). Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an intervention program that uses law enforcement officers as instructors (D.A.R.E., 2018). The program emphasizes how to resist peer pressure...

Purdue Pharma Will Stop Promoting OxyContin to Doctors

Purdue Pharma will stop marketing OxyContin to doctors and has eliminated more than half of its sales force (Jay & Perrone, 2018). Sales representatives will no longer go to doctors’ offices to discuss the opioid drugs (Jay & Perrone, 2018). The company has been criticized for contributing to the opioid epidemic (Correll, 2018). From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). In the United States 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid and sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled (Centers for Disease...

Mobile Medical Apps: Tools to Help With Substance Use Disorder

In the United States drug and alcohol addiction relapse rates are between 40% and 60% (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018). Technology is being utilized to decrease addiction relapse rates. The United States Drug and Food Administration has permitted marketing of a digital therapeutic app for substance use disorder, or SUD (Food and Drug Administration, 2017). The mobile medical application permitted by the FDA is named Reset. Reset application is used in combination with outpatient therapy to treat alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulant SUD. Opioid dependence is not treated by the app (Food and Drug Administration, 2017). Digital therapeutics are mobile medical apps or online technologies...

FDA Is Taking Action Against Abuse of Anti-Diarrheal Medications

People are abusing anti-diarrheal medication, sold under the brand name Imodium A-D, to get high. This can result in serious heart problems or even death (Food and Drug Administration, 2018). The ingredient loperamide is included in the anti-diarrheal medication. Loperamide is in the opioid family which includes morphine and oxycodone (AP, 2018). Because of this the Food and Drug Administration is working with the producers of anti-diarrheal medications to limit the loperamide dose that is contained in over the counter (OTC) packages (Food and Drug Administration, 2018). The FDA suggest the manufacturers use single dose packages or blister packs to help limit the customer’s opioid intake. A...

Clinical Trial Shows No Significant Differences in Pain Reduction among Opioids...

Prescription opioids have caused a 16-year increase in opioid-overdose deaths in the United States. From the years 2000-2016 more than 600,000 people died from a drug overdose. In 2016 alone, opioids killed more than 42,000 people. Of all opioid-overdose deaths, 40% involve prescription opioids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). The amount of overall pain Americans have reported has not changed, but the amount of prescription opioids sold to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors’ offices has quadrupled from the years 1999-2010 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). One risk factor for opioid abuse is taking high daily dosages of prescription opioid pain relievers. Because...

New Study Highlights Underreporting of Suicide by Drug Intoxication in the...

Suicide by drug intoxication in the United States is under-reported and misclassified, suggests a new study conducted by researcher, Dr. Ian Rockett of West Virginia University’s School of Public Health (Paul, 2018). Death by drug intoxication in the United States has increased for ages 15-years and older by 275% from 7.81 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 to 20.07 in 2015 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). The suicide rate has risen, and though we have the data mentioned above available to us, researchers emphasize that the numbers could be higher—misclassification and underreporting of intoxication suicides may have skewed the figures and most drug related...

African Countries Combat Fake Drug Problem

The fake drug market is prospering in Africa. The rise in fake medical dealers is not a drug issue, but a financial one. As Africa’s economy suffers, the population desperately seeks ways to support their families. Fake or counterfeit drugs are affecting the world, but African countries are being affected more than others. The pharmaceutical market has become saturated in Africa with fake or counterfeit drugs due to open borders, unstable governments, inaccessibility to drugs and healthcare facilities and the internet (Oneko, 2018). Moreover, antimicrobial resistant and drug-resistant infections are some of the deleterious effects of fake drugs. Fake drugs are falsified medical products that harm...

Reducing Harm: Could Knowing Your Pot be The Key to Treating...

The United States has been experiencing a surge in opioid addiction for over two decades, and the emergence of other drugs has also fallen into that mix. Today, these addictions have entered crisis mode. Our nation is truly suffering from an epidemic. Cocaine and opioid based drugs are just two of the most difficult addictions to overcome because of the way they alter the brain. Though traditional abstinence has usually been the method used for treating drug addiction, this does not seem to have a great track record since abstinence is rarely achievable for many addicts and eventually leads to relapses, says Dr. Nora...

The Disadvantages of Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. What was originally meant to increase survival rates and aid instincts has now transitioned into an inextricably linked factor present in most all life experiences and interactions. Being overly stressed can have extremely negative effects on both physical and mental health. We live in a society that for some reason glorifies stress. We are more likely to praise the broke college student juggling their studies along with jobs and multiple campus organizations or an office tycoon balancing multiple accounts at once opposed to less involved lifestyles that are generally accompanied by less stress or stress...

The Important Role of Support in Child Mental Health Cases

Many often assume mental health problems can only affect adults. While it’s true adults are older and, therefore, have generally had more interactive experiences, children are equally as susceptible to mental health disparities. The United States has undeniably seen an increase in mental health cases over the last decade. “Today, mental health care represents 38 percent of children’s Medicaid spending, which is used by just 10 percent of juvenile Medicaid patients. But the benefits far outweigh the costs. Today’s investments help to heal children and produce resilient adults. In the long term, effective treatments not only save lives but have significant economic benefits, including savings...