America the Overdosed Nation

America the Overdosed Nation

Each time the American people think the nation’s opioid crisis cannot get any worse, it gets worse. In 2016, 42,249 people died from opioid overdoses, which comes to 116 deaths every day, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, 11.5 million people misused opioids. It is no longer a […]

Purdue Pharma Begins to Tackle America’s Opioid Crisis

Purdue Pharma Begins to Tackle America’s Opioid Crisis

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin®, a semisynthetic opiate, announced they will no longer encourage physicians to prescribe their drug to patients. While their action is a positive move toward tackling America’s opioid crisis, this is but one manufacturer and only one trade name. When not referring to an opioid by its brand name, these highly […]

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 […]