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What is the Prescription Opioid Epidemic?

Prescription opioids are a class of substances that target receptors in the human brain to produce morphine-like effects for pain relief. The opioid epidemic is the rapidly rising systematic abuse of prescription opioids, frequently by minorities and at risk groups, however, all people in cities and towns across America are affected.

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Why is opioid addiction so dangerous?

Five chief manufacturers of opioid class drugs – Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Solutions, and Cephalon, Johnson and Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Allergan have been named in a number of lawsuits. Opioid narcotics are a class of drugs which work by binding to the opioid receptors to block or reduce the feeling of … Continue reading Why is opioid addiction so dangerous?

How did the Opioid epidemic happen?

Opioids are strong prescription pain relievers advised after a major injury or surgery. Opioids can cause side effects such as drowsiness, mental fog, nausea, and constipation, sometimes causing slowed breath resulting in overdose deaths. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The opioid epidemic has evolved rapidly … Continue reading How did the Opioid epidemic happen?

Misuse of Prescription Opioid, and Its Adverse Effects

Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant. Opioids are used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain. Opioids are highly addictive, and at the same time have several adverse side effects, where overdose can result in death. When used as directed by … Continue reading Misuse of Prescription Opioid, and Its Adverse Effects

Understanding the Danger of Opioid Overdose

Opioids belong to a class of medical pain relievers which help to release endorphin in the body and reduce pain. It is most often prescribed to patients suffering from chronic pain, post-surgical pains, after elaborate dental or toothache procedure and in situations of from terminal illness like that of cancer. Mild opioids are sometimes also … Continue reading Understanding the Danger of Opioid Overdose

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