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Drug overdose deaths soar due to black marketing of synthetic opioids, says report

The constantly expanding illicit drug trafficking of synthetic opioids like fentanyl has significantly contributed to the worsening state of opioid crisis, revealed a recent report published by the American Action Forum. The report also stated that fatalities involving heroin and synthetic opioids soared between 2013 and 2016 – the total number of opioid overdose deaths […]

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Why are narcotics so addictive?

Drug abuse continues to be a growing menace that has taken a significant toll on human lives. With the increased practice of over-prescription, a number of drugs that affect different parts of the brain have emerged in the market. Narcotics are one such life-threatening drugs that have devastated millions of lives. These are usually taken […]

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Researchers developing drugs to treat pain, memory and addiction

Though pain, memory problems and nicotine addiction have the same underlying brain-related causes, these three formidable trio elicit a number of harmful consequences that are quite different in nature. Because of this close connection in the functioning of the brain, medical practitioners and experts are trying to find out the most effective treatment that has […]

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Abuse of non-medical painkillers by veterans may lead to heroin use, says study

Findings from a 10-year study of nearly 3,400 U.S. army veterans have shown a link between abuse of non-medical opioid pain medication and heroin initiation. A team of researchers from Brown and Yale Universities tracked veterans at nine Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities who were enrolled in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS). Results of the […]

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Opioid drug abusers often turn to street drugs to satiate their addiction

The extensive abuse and overdose of prescription opioids have resulted in an epidemic in the United States. In 2012, health care providers had written 259 million prescriptions for painkillers which were enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to experts, […]

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Naltrexone can be good alternative treatment for opioid addiction, says study

Heroin and opioid addiction is a complex disorder that takes a toll on millions of Americans. The feel-good factor and the “high” associated with substance use make people overlook their negative consequences. However, when addicts decide to get clean, they should opt for treatment programs that can help them cope with cravings, avoid the substance, […]

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs bats for alternative treatments for opioid abuse

America’s addiction to opioids stems from the problem of persistent pain that affects approximately 100 million Americans a year. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the U.S. spends an estimated $500 billion each year for treatment of pain. With the number of painkiller prescriptions rising over the years, the number of opioid overdose […]

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