Opioid abuse can trigger depression and vice versa

Opioid abuse can trigger depression and vice versa

Opioids are generally prescribed by doctors for their pain-relieving effects. They are a class of drugs that include medicines such as oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone and codeine, as well as the illegal drug heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. However, these are not always used as prescribed which has resulted in a massive crisis in the U.S.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 3.8 million individuals had a substance use disorder (SUD) involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a SUD involving heroin in 2015. Read more

Uncertainty over Obamacare: Republican stand has the health care industry worried

Uncertainty over Obamacare: Republican stand has the health care industry worried

There have been strong campaigns against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or just the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. But dismantling a nearly seven-year-old Act will not be easy, which is purportedly on the agenda of the yet-to-be-formed Republican government. On January 4, 2017, Vice President-elect Mike Pence held a discussion with the Republican senators regarding repeal and replacement of Obamacare. However, there was disagreement on the issue among them. Read more

Mental health, opioid epidemic get priority in Obama’s last budget

Mental health, opioid epidemic get priority in Obama’s last budget

Opioid abuse has become an epidemic in the United States, and President Barack Obama has time and again emphasized on the need to tackle the issue sternly. His recent statements on the drug menace reflected in his final annual budget unveiled on February 9. The federal government proposes to spend over $2 billion on tackling drug epidemic and ensuring good mental health. Read more