Brief educational sessions in the use of naloxone are capable of helping laypeople recognize and appropriately react to most of the telltale signs of an overdose, researchers have found.
Doctors and other health care workers are addicted to drugs in the same proportion as the general population, around 10 to 14 percent. However, it is important to note that among medical professionals, it is emergency room workers, anesthesiologists, and psychiatrists who are much more likely to abuse drugs.
Shouldn’t they know better? And what makes members of these three specialties particularly vulnerable? The issue is an important one. Caregivers hooked on drugs could be causing serious harm to the patients entrusted to their care. [Read more…]
By Lee Johnson
The prescription drug abuse epidemic doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
There have been many suggested approaches to reducing the numbers of deaths from overdoses, but the fact remains that opioid (translation: narcotic) painkillers are always going to be open to abuse.
The Drug Enforcement Administration announced in August that extra restrictions would soon be placed on prescription opioid painkillers. After a 45-day waiting period, these new regulations have now been activated, and the way narcotic pain medications are distributed has changed significantly as a result. [Read more…]
Seconal Sodium is the brand name for the generic secobarbital, which is a barbiturate drug used in the short-term treatment of insomnia. It is also often used as a sedative before surgery. The medication should only be used for short-term treatments as Seconal Sodium is a barbiturate hypnotic. [Read more…]
In the US, prescription drugs are big business. In 2008, Americans spent close to $4 billion on prescriptions, a twelve percent increase over 2004. What’s more alarming, however, is the type of prescriptions that Americans buy. The most lucrative prescription for drug companies in the United States is Vicodin, an extremely popular and addictive painkiller that combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen. Almost twice as much money was spent on Vicodin in 2008 ($124 million), than the next closest prescription drug, Lisinopril ($75.5 million), a high blood pressure medication. [Read more…]
Phentermine is the generic name for the brand name drugs Adipex-P, Ionamin, Obenix, Oby-Cap, Teramine and Zantryl. It is a stimulant that is similar to an amphetamine and is used as an appetite suppressant that can affect the central nervous system. When used in combination with diet, exercise and behavioral modification, phentermine is known to treat obesity in people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. [Read more…]