The State of Painkiller Abuse

Painkiller abuse in the United States has been a trending topic in recent years. From illegal “pill mills” to a poorly regulated prescription system, the issue appears to continue as new numbers are released showing the rates of substance abuse and the consequences of leaving opioid addiction untreated.

One of…

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What Makes Some Painkillers More Effective than Others?

Painkillers are medications prescribed to control pain. Depending on their ingredients, these drugs can be sold over the counter for little amounts of pain, or they may be prescription medications for more serious conditions.

According to data presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2010, prescription painkillers were…

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What’s Different About the New Zohydro Formulation?

In 2013 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the drug Zohydro for use in managing pain. Zohydro falls under the category of opiods and contains and extended-release form of hydrocodone. According to the American Pharmacists Association, controversy surrounded this approval because the new drug did not contain any…

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What Are Narcotics and Why Are They Addictive?

The term narcotics exclusively refers to drugs made from papaver somniferum, a species of opium poppy plant with naturally occurring opiate alkaloids. To harvest the narcotic compounds, incisions are cut into the opium seedpods, and the white sap that comes out is collected and dried. Though rare in the US…

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Finding the Balance Between Premiums and Deductibles

Shopping for a health insurance policy involves making a significant number of choices. One of the main decisions is finding the right balance between the insurance premium and deductible, which are usually directly related. The deductible is the dollar amount that the insured must pay for health care each year…

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