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 […]

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 […]