With opioid abuse and misuse so prevalent today, it is important to understand the scale of the issue and be aware that certain factors might put you or someone you know at risk for developing opioid addiction, abuse, harm or misuse.
Topical compound medications are typically not the first choice for treatment of pain from a workplace injury, but they can be useful in some situations.
According to the FDA, nearly 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. That statistic may lead to the question, what are generic drugs and why are they apparently used more often than brand drugs? To answer that question, it is important to understand a little bit about how drugs are developed and come to market.
The terms opiate, opioid and narcotic are often used in what would seem the same way. With prescription pain medications reaching their highest point in years, it’s wise to know the difference between each of these terms and how they work.
Tamper resistant and abuse deterrent opioid formulations are designed to make drugs difficult or less desirable to use in any manner other than how they were prescribed. The formulations make them harder to crush, chew, cut, dissolve, inhale, inject, or less rewarding if done so, thus deterring use in many of the ways they are abused. With the goal of combatting the opioid epidemic, the “FDA is encouraging the development of opioid formulations with abuse-deterrent properties”.
It’s become clear that excessive use of opioids is a problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioids are considered a driving force in the 15-year increase in opioid-related deaths with 91 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose. What can be done to decrease these overdoses? Many factors and opinions play into the decisions around how best to tackle this problem.
When it comes to taking medications, it’s important to make decisions about continuing, changing or stopping them based off an understanding of the potential for both risks and benefits. Medications should only be used if the benefits outweigh the potential harms or risks.
Today marks the beginning of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). This week is devoted to minimizing the negative impact drugs and alcohol can have by educating young people using science from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to dispel potentially harmful drug and alcohol myths.
Adverse drug reactions (ADR) cause between 5-7% of all hospitalizations, and result in over 140,000 fatalities annually. These staggering statistics highlight why it is so important to understand what ADRs are and what can be done about them.
78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These staggering statistics have brought about several initiatives aimed at reducing the prescribing of opioids and limiting their availability to the masses. At the same time, chronic pain continues to be a common health problem - especially for injured workers. The balance of aggressive chronic pain treatment with the need to minimize the risks of opioids has left several people wondering what the future of opioids and pain management will look like.