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

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

Painkiller Abuse: A Dangerous Prescription

The drugs that cause the highest number of overdose deaths in America aren’t street drugs. They are substances you are likely to have — or have had — in your medicine cabinet. They are prescription drugs — especially opioid pain medications like hydrocodone (Vicodin®) and oxycodone (Oxycontin® or Percocet®). Of course, these medications serve an … 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

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