The Relationship Between Opioids and Depression

The Relationship Between Opioids and Depression

The world is well aware there is a serious opioid epidemic in the United States. There is also the overwhelming fact that one in 12 adults in the United States suffers with depression. According to Kathleen Smith, PhD and author of “Depression and Opioid Abuse,” 2.4 million people in the U.S. abuse prescription painkillers and […]

Opioids May Be Over Prescribed by Non Specialists

Opioids May Be Over Prescribed by Non Specialists

An opioid is a substance that may be over-prescribed by non-specialists. One such form of the drug is opiates, which are derived from opium, these drugs are highly controlled substances. This drug is used to release endorphins into the central nervous system to relieve pain. The opioid is one of the two drugs that are […]

Opioid Painkillers Ineffective For Chronic Pain

Opioid Painkillers Ineffective For Chronic Pain

According to the American Academy of Neurology, opioid painkillers are ineffective long-term for people suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain sufferers with conditions not related to cancer, like fibromyalgia, destructive rheumatoid arthritis, severe neuropathic pain and  sickle-cell disease who take opioid painkillers are more likely to overdose or become addicted than improve their ability to function. The American […]