Is medication sufficient to treat opioid addiction?

Is medication sufficient to treat opioid addiction?

The United States continues to be in the grip of an opioid epidemic. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that in 2015 more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, the highest ever in a year. Around 63 percent of these deaths involved opioid use. There has been a threefold increase in drug overdose deaths between 1999 and 2014, which can be attributed to frequent use of painkillers and easy availability of inexpensive versions of heroin and synthetic opioids. Read more

Can endomorphin relieve Americans of pain and opioid addiction?

Can endomorphin relieve Americans of pain and opioid addiction?

The United States has been in the grip of drug abuse and overdose epidemic, and the number of deaths due to the addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has only gone up in the recent years. As per the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published online by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 1, 2016, the rate of deaths in the country from drug overdoses has increased 137 percent since 2000, including a 200 percent increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids. Read more

Born miserable: America grapples with high rate of newborn drug addicts

Born miserable: America grapples with high rate of newborn drug addicts

The opioid addiction has not just taken over the millions of teenaged and adult Americans, but even neonates are not untouched by it. According to a study carried on the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website, one infant was born every 25 minutes with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Read more