Dangers of Opioid Pain Relievers: What You Need to Know

More and more, we are hearing about the use and abuse of opioid pain medications in recent years. Experts say the widespread abuse of this class of drugs started more than two decades ago. Across the country today, healthcare authorities are paying much more attention to the problem, and doctors are taking this into consideration … Read More

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How Mixing Medicine and Alcohol Can Harm You

If your physician asks you how many alcoholic drinks you consume every day, there’s good reason to be precise. If you are taking medication, consuming alcoholic drinks regularly could create serious health problems. But a recent analysis of data from more than 26,000 adults age 20 and older showed that more than 40 percent of … Read More

Drug Addictions Are Physical Illnesses (Video)

People should remember that drug addictions are physical illnesses, says Gregory Collins, MD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. In this video, he discusses how drugs impact brain cell function, which in turn impacts everything we do and experience in life. Anything that changes how our brain cells function controls our … 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

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

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