Opiates Kill More People Than Car Accidents (Video)

Opiates are the major cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. In fact, accidental overdoses from opiates kill more people than automobile and other motor vehicle accidents. These drugs include codeine, morphine and heroin. In this video, Dr. Gregory Collins, MD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Psychiatry and Psychology Department, talks about how easy it … Read More

FDA Approves a New Painkiller Designed to Thwart Abusers

The FDA approved a new chronic pain drug in July, the latest step in the FDA’s efforts to reduce the widespread abuse of extended-release/long-acting opioid painkillers. The drug, Targiniq ER, is for treating pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment. It aims to treat patients who find other treatment options inadequate. Targiniq ER has properties that are … Read More

Are You Tweeting Away Your Relationships?

If you use the microblogging platform Twitter a lot, your real-life connections might be in danger. A new study says that too much tweeting can damage your intimate relationships. Researchers at the University of Missouri surveyed nearly 600 people with Twitter accounts. The participants told researchers they are on Twitter for nearly an hour a … Read More

More Teens Are Abusing Prescription Drugs (Video)

Opioid analgesics such as morphine, codeine, Vicodin® and Percocet® are important medicines that doctors widely prescribe to relieve pain. Used properly, the drugs can provide significant comfort and relief to people who are sick or recovering from an injury or disease. But misuse and abuse of opioids has become a major public health challenge in … Read More

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The Down Side and Side Effects of Painkillers

Prescription drugs can knock out chronic pain. But these and other opioids, which decrease pain perception, come with mighty side effects. Opioids aren’t for everyone. In fact, they’re often reserved for patients with severe pain from terminal cancer. “We prescribe opioids only when other treatments and pain medications don’t work,” says Benjamin Abraham, MD, of … Read More

ADHD Meds: No Link to Later Substance Abuse

Stimulant medications such as Ritalin® and Adderall® are common treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But there’s been concern that use of the medications could be linked to a possible risk for substance abuse problems later in life. Good news for parents whose children take these medications: a new study finds no link between … Read More

Prescription Painkillers Not For Everyone

Contributor: Teresa Dews, MD, Department of Pain Management If you’re struggling with chronic pain, don’t be too quick to pin your hopes on the prescription painkillers known as opioids. These drugs, which include OxyContin® and Percocet®, have a long list of down sides and should be viewed as a last resort for chronic pain, says … Read More