Government Opioid Epidemic

An estimated 2.1 million Americans are addicted to opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.1 Opioids can be legal prescription medications or illegal street drugs that act on the opioid (pain-relieving) receptors in the brain. Examples of opioids include oxycodone, morphine, and heroin. Americans are the biggest worldwide consumers of opioid pain medications. Read More

Opioid Versus Opiate What Is the Difference

Pain medications, which include opioids and opiates, are designed to enhance recovery and reduce short-term and long-term debilitation from pain. However, their abuse has proven a growing problem in the United States, where an estimated 2.1 million people are addicted to and/or abuse the medications. To understand how prescription painkillers and, in some instances, illegal Read More

Opioid Addiction Short-Term and Long-Term Effects on the Body

A study by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that more than 2 million people in United States experienced prescription opioid use disorder or opioid addiction in 2012-2013. Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers by adults in the U.S. more than doubled from 2001 to 2013. What are Opioids? Opioids are powerful Read More