March 15, 2018

Trump’s FDA weighs nicotine limits in cigarettes

Source: Politico Tobacco use, primarily from cigarettes, kills more than 480,000 Americans every year, costing the country nearly $300 billion in direct health care costs and lost productivity, FDA said. | Getty The FDA is considering setting a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes for the first time to make them less addictive and is seeking […]

March 15, 2018

FDA Advances Plan To Slash Nicotine In Cigarettes

Source: NPR The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to cap the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to make them less addictive. Gerald Herbert/AP The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it wants to sharply reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The idea is to help wean millions of smokers off their deadly habit […]

March 15, 2018

How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?

Source: NPR Mady Ohlman, who lives near Boston and has been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit a point when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes the will to live. Jesse Costa/WBUR Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a […]

March 12, 2018

Arianna Huffington: Better sleep improves every aspect of our lives

Source: CBS News The switch to daylight saving time this past weekend may have cost you an hour of sleep. But new research shows most of us were already behind on getting the rest we need. The National Sleep Foundation released the data as part of its Sleep Awareness Week. It shows just 27 percent of […]

March 9, 2018

Questions And Answers About Opioids And Chronic Pain

Source: NPR When it comes to chronic pain, how do patients and doctors find the right treatment? Hero Images/Getty Images Millions of Americans use opioids to relieve pain. But many also struggle with addiction. This week, a report in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, found that nonopioid painkillers — like acetaminophen and […]

March 6, 2018

Opioid overdoses spike 30 percent, hospitals report

Source: CBS News A vial of Naloxone, which can be used to block the potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose. AP A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brings more bad news for the nation’s continued fight against the opioid epidemic. Data from hospital emergency departments show a big increase […]

March 6, 2018

Jump In Overdoses Shows Opioid Epidemic Has Worsened

Source: NPR Opioid overdoses seen in hospital emergency rooms are way up. Timely treatment with naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids. Spencer Platt/Getty Images There’s more bad news about the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic. In just one year, overdoses from opioids jumped by about 30 percent, according to the a report released Tuesday by […]

March 6, 2018

Opioids Don’t Beat Other Medications For Chronic Pain

Source: NPR Renea Molden was able to stop taking opioid painkillers with the help of non-opioid alternatives. Alex Smith/KCUR A few years ago, Renea Molden’s doctors told her they wanted to take her off her opioid pills. “I was mad, I’ll be honest. I was mad. I was frustrated,” she says. Molden, of Kansas City, […]

March 5, 2018

More kids landing in hospital after opioid overdoses

Source: CBS News A growing number of U.S. kids are ending up in the intensive care unit after overdosing on prescription painkillers or other opioids, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 2004 and 2015, the number of children and teens admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit for an opioid overdose nearly doubled. […]

March 1, 2018

Trump suggests death penalty to stop opioid epidemic

Source: Politico “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty — and by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,” President Donald Trump said. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested using the death penalty on […]