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Prescription drugs have become one of the most abused substances in the world. As a matter of fact, abuse of prescription medication has become an epidemic, not to mention a trending topic. Just recently, another breakthrough in science was revealed.
In a news release, the US FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said that they have approved a new prescription treatment that can avert the side effects brought about by an overdose in opioid. This medication is the first of its kind that can be used outside of a hospital. Even family members and other caregivers can administer it to the patient.
The breakthrough creation is called EVZIO, a handheld auto injector that contains naloxone. It is handy, portable, and convenient enough to be carried inside a pocket and comes with a set of device instructions and trainer kit. This could be helpful during emergencies for people suspected of opioid overdose. Studies show that drug abuse is the number one cause of death in the U.S., and a large percentage of these may be traced to prescription drug abuse or overdose.
Naloxone is a narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic drugs like prescription pain relievers. One of its side effects is that it can alter the way your mind thinks, the ability to act and decide and the way you react to a given situation. So it is not advisable to be driving when a patient is given a shot of naloxone. Alcohol intake during treatment is discouraged.
Naloxone has long been used to reverse effects of other narcotic drugs. It is said to be the standard treatment for overdose. The evolution of Evzio may help save thousands of lives.
Instead of throwing drug users to jail, the Obama Administration introduced a new approach to deal with prescription drug abuse.
According to the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske, the government is looking at drug abuse in a new angle. Drug addiction is seen as a treatable disease which could hopefully make an impact in minimizing drug crimes and imprisonment, as well as re-arrests of addicts.
In the new strategy, the growing problem of prescription drug abuse is highlighted. Measures to control such type of drug abuse include educating the public about the dangers of prescription medicines’ misuse and keeping medications secured and at the minimum at home. It also orders law-enforcement agencies to be vigilant on so-called “pill mills.”
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine admits that controlling prescription drug abuse won’t be easy. People have the tendency to think that because doctors are somehow involved in the process, then prescribed medications must be safe. What the public doesn’t realize is that drug overdose has climbed the second spot when it came to accidental death causes in their state.
“Prescription drugs are killers,” he said. “But people don’t look at them that way.”
DeWine believes that education and proper information dissemination will change the people’s perspective on prescription drugs.
Yet for some concerned citizens, like public health nurse Lisa Roberts from the Portsmouth City Health Department, the new initiative still does not ensure that the public will be safe.
Roberts found it ironic that the Food and Drug Administration suspends the retail of some products in the market with side effects such as muscle twitching, but not products which kill thousands of people every year, like some opiate painkillers do when abused.