Navigation Links
Narcotic pain relief drug overdose deaths a national epidemic
Date:4/25/2011

atively, the 2007 U.S. unintentional drug poisoning deaths would be equivalent to losing an airplane carrying 150 passengers and crew every day for six months, which clearly would be totally unacceptable from a public health perspective.

The CDC sounded alarms regarding the issue in several reports last year. In June 2010, for example, the agency announced that the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found that 1 in 5 high school students in the United States have abused prescription drugs, including the opioid painkillers OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. Opioids are synthetic versions of opium that are used to treat moderate and severe pain.

And in June last year the CDC reported that visits to hospital emergency departments involving nonmedical use of prescription narcotic pain relievers has more than doubled, rising 111 percent, between 2004 and 2008.

The authors note various reports citing some key factors linked to the problem: increased nonmedical use of opioids without a prescription " solely for the feeling it causes" and that medical providers, psychiatrists and primary care physicians included, may fail to anticipate among their patients the extent of overlap between chronic pain, mental illness and substance abuse.

For example, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with unipolar, bipolar, anxiety, psychotic, non-psychotic, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders will also have substance abuse problems. Dr. Patkar said, "Similarly, people with substance abuse are more likely to have another mental illness and a significant number of patients with chronic pain will have mental illness or substance abuse problems."

Moreover, opioids, benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, and sleep aids "are frequently prescribed in combination despite their potentially harmful additive effects," the authors point out. And it's the combinations of these drugs that are frequently found in the toxicology reports of peop
'/>"/>

Contact: Les Lang
llang@med.unc.edu
919-966-9366
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Narcotics and diagnostics overused in treatment of chronic neck pain
2. Gender Differences Show in Risk of Narcotic Abuse
3. Bypass Surgery, Stents Seem to Bring Same Level of Relief
4. Facial Surgery May Offer Long-Term Migraine Relief for Some
5. Tai Chi May Provide Arthritis Relief
6. JAK inhibitor provides rapid, durable relief for myelofibrosis patients
7. New research explores relief for xerostomia cancer patients
8. Safety in Children's Pain Relief Products a Primary Concern
9. Topricin Junior: The Safe New Choice for Children's Pain Relief
10. NRPA Launches National Hunger Relief Initiative at Indianapolis' Douglass Park
11. Summer...Despite All the Fun it Can be a Headache How to Enjoy Your Summer Fun without the Aggravation of a Headache Seasonal Headache Relief Tips from Leading Neurolog
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/1/2014)... October 01, 2014 Familylifeinsurancequotes.org has ... life insurance for senior citizens. , Senior citizens ... will now sell coverage to seniors who are over ... be purchased without taking a medical examination. , Term ... online and senior clients can qualify. Having life insurance ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... 01, 2014 Insuranceragents.info has released ... good life insurance plan for vulnerable family members. , ... family members. Providers in the family should always carry ... financial hardships for the rest of the family. ... Families can benefit more from temporary coverage or from ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Lifeinsurance-policy.com has released a new blog post explaining how ... , Smoking will always have a negative impact on ... method to find affordable coverage. Insurance brokerage websites specialize ... , Whole life insurance premiums will be fixed throughout ... is permanent, the initial rates are very important. ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Phoseon Technology, the pioneer in developing ... business worldwide. This rapid growth includes increased hiring for ... efforts. The company has experienced average annual growth rates ... this growth to continue in the future as new ... , “We are very pleased that UV ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Conn. (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 ... company, including a redefined mission and visual identity ... power of partnering with them to create greater ... agile brand that focuses on empowering customers to ... communications. , The crown jewel of the rebrand ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Affordable Term Life Insurance - Senior Citizens Can Qualify for Coverage! 2Health News:Life Insurance for Families - Clients Can Compare Affordable Rates Online! 2Health News:Affordable Whole Life Insurance Premiums for Smokers! 2Health News:Phoseon Technology Continues to Drive Growth Worldwide 2Health News:Farmington Company Launches Rebrand and New Positioning 2
... to thwart tumor,s comeback , , WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21 ... cancer stem cells or "tumor-initiating cells" which, when targeted ... malignant. , The finding bolsters the theory that cancer ... are resistant to conventional therapies and responsible for tumor ...
... January 2009 - A new study conducted at the ... the University of Bologna, and published by Elsevier in ... http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cortex ) shows that, in confabulating patients, memory accuracy ... cognitive processes supporting adaptive behavior need attentional resources for ...
... Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and Universitat Autnoma de ... (ESA) to design and carry out a scientific experiment ... between drugs and cells differ under these conditions. The ... Vaquer, with a doctorate in Medicine from UAB, and ...
... Erdman, A Cogdell,Spencer Company, a subsidiary of Cogdell ... broke ground earlier this week on two new medical ... , The two projects, a ... Jackson, Tennessee and a $1.75 million cancer center in,Mebane, ...
... 21 Amil,Participacoes S.A. (Bovespa: AMIL3) ("Amilpar"), informs its ... a meeting held today, approved the,payment of Interest on ... per,common share, corresponding to the total amount of R$ ... 2009, based on shareholders, position of,January 21, 2009. , ...
... & Friends Stage Show Kicks-off This Month Helping ... Raise Funds for Research. Autism Speaks, the ... yearlong partnership with Thomas & FriendsTM Live! On ... musical stage show produced by AEG ThemeSTAR and ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Targeting Cancer's Own Stem Cells to Fight Recurrence 2Health News:Targeting Cancer's Own Stem Cells to Fight Recurrence 3Health News:When less attention improves behavior 2Health News:Students from UAB and UPC will experiment under microgravity conditions at the ESA 2Health News:Students from UAB and UPC will experiment under microgravity conditions at the ESA 3Health News:Cogdell Spencer Breaks Ground on Projects in Tennessee and North Carolina 2Health News:Cogdell Spencer Breaks Ground on Projects in Tennessee and North Carolina 3Health News:Amilpar - Notice to Shareholders - Distribution of Interest on Capital Stock 2Health News:Autism Speaks Announces Yearlong Partnership With Thomas & Friends (TM) Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town 2Health News:Autism Speaks Announces Yearlong Partnership With Thomas & Friends (TM) Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town 3Health News:Autism Speaks Announces Yearlong Partnership With Thomas & Friends (TM) Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town 4Health News:Autism Speaks Announces Yearlong Partnership With Thomas & Friends (TM) Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town 5
(Date:9/30/2014)... Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - Product Pipeline ... Direct,s, ,Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - Product Pipeline Review ... Therapeutics, Inc.,s pharmaceutical research and development focus. ... therapeutic developmental pipeline of Aileron Therapeutics, Inc.,s, complete ... by drug target, mechanism of action (MoA), route ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... DALLAS , September 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... market research report the "Glycobiology/Glycomics Market by Product ... Spectrometry, MALDI-TOF), Kits, and Reagents], Application (Immunology, ... Forecast to 2019", published by MarketsandMarkets, provides ... restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends, and ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... NEW YORK , Sept. 30, 2014 ... stage. Growing ageing population and rise in the incidence ... of chronic wounds and in affordability of better quality ... Chinese wound care market. Universal coverage of public health ... products would further stimulate demand. Based on the findings ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 2Aileron Therapeutics, Inc. - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 3Glycobiology / Glycomics Market Worth $928.11 Million by 2019 2Glycobiology / Glycomics Market Worth $928.11 Million by 2019 3Glycobiology / Glycomics Market Worth $928.11 Million by 2019 4China Wound Care Market 2China Wound Care Market 3
... Chamber Lenses: The Bausch & Lomb PMMA Posterior ... for primary implantation for the visual correction of ... older where a cataractous lens has been removed ... to be placed in the ciliary sulcus or ...
... are manufactured using the highest ... CQ UV PMMA material is ... single piece lenses. Unioptic lens ... nonphaco and phaco styles. All ...
... STAARVISC II is a sterile nonpyrogenic, ... hyaluronate. STAARVISC II contains 12 mg/ml of ... daltons) sodium hyaluronate dissolved in physiological saline. ... the viscosity is 105,000 cps (105 Pa ...
... viscoelastic agent for the surgeon who performs ... Amvisc possesses sufficient viscosity for excellent chamber ... cohesive so that complete removal at the ... quickly accomplished. Amvisc is priced to compete ...
Medicine Products: