The use and abuse of addictive substances to feel ecstatic and has been practiced for centuries, probably since the existence of mankind. Interestingly, addiction, like humans, has evolved significantly, both in terms of the type of substance and methods to abuse substances. Such has been the level of curiosity in the humanity that no stone has been left unturned to explore, discover and invent as many drugs and addictive substances as possible. As a result, besides abusing common psychoactive drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or marijuana, people are also experimenting with synthetic drugs (designer drugs) like ecstasy, LSD, etc. …Read more
Maia Szalavitz’s book on drug addiction, “Unbroken Brain,” has created quite a ripple in the market, and it is rightly doing so. She not only offers a new angle on the entire phenomenon of drug addiction, but also explains the problem in a very detailed and succinct manner. As the problem of drug addiction gets deadlier with time, it is essential to discuss the author’s point of view. By clearing away all doubts and misconceptions, Szalavitz challenges the modern assumptions related to drug addiction. …Read more
Drug addiction is a major problem faced by people across the globe. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 27.1 million Americans aged 12 years and above reported to have used illicit drugs in the past 30 days. The fact that addiction creates a compulsive urge to keep using a substance despite its adverse effects makes it all the more dangerous. There may be several reasons that create the insatiable urge. …Read more
Thousands of young and old people are hooked to one kind of drug or the other across the United States. The fact that an increasing number of them are bearing the burden of adverse consequences of addictive substances has made it necessary for researchers to look at various factors that may help predict drug use at an early stage. …Read more
Medicaid began as a program to pay for health care for people unable to work. It provided medical coverage to the aged, disabled and the single-parent families across the United States. Created by the federal government, it helps provide payment for medical services for low-income citizens.
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), state Medicaid programs had to cover help for drug addiction and substance use disorder treatment for their Medicaid expansion population. A recent study, published in December 2016 in the journal Health Affairs, found significant disparities in access to substance abuse services among the states. …Read more
Antibiotic resistance has become a global threat, so much so that the UN General Assembly took it up for consideration in September 2016. This is the fourth health issue ever to be considered by the United Nations as a global threat after HIV, non-communicable diseases and the Ebola virus. It is an imminent problem of which the world needs to take cognizance because:
– according to a high level report released in 2014, it is estimated to claim 10 million lives a year by 2050
– at least 2 million people get infected by bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die due to these infections, each year in the United States alone.
Understanding antibiotic resistance
Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change to become resistant to such antibiotics. No amount or type of medicines work on antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs.
Essentially, this translate into rendering treatment of what were earlier common infections like TB, blood poisoning, pneumonia, and the likes increasingly harder and sometimes even impossible. This condition leads to prolonged hospital stays, skyrocketing medical bills and in severe cases, even death.
It is important to understand antibiotic resistance as it is escalating to dangerous proportions with new resistance mechanisms emerging and spreading across the globe making treatment processes complicated and at times, ineffective. And without proper direction, we would just be driving headlong into an era where the tiniest of injuries and infections would have the power to claim lives.
Putting an end to antibiotic resistance
According to a CDC report, one in every three outpatient antibiotic prescriptions is unnecessary. This means that at least 30 percent such prescriptions can be easily avoided. And yet these medicines are prescribed, bought and ingested.
Antibiotics tend to become lesser and lesser effective with each use. Working towards preventing antibiotic resistance from spreading, CDC has launched the Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs which provides toolkits and guidelines to health care providers with the aim to improve the use of antibiotics.
On the patients’ part, it is essential to be aware of the antibiotics that we are taking and stop the over and unnecessary use of these. It is also time for us to join hands with health care providers and put to an end to the misuse, overuse and abuse of antibiotics. However, it is us, the consumers who have to question if the antibiotic is really necessary before popping them.
What also needs to happen hand-in-hand is a change in behavior of the health care providers. They must ensure that a prescription for antibiotics is given only when it is really warranted. Otherwise, what we would eventually end up doing is push our race towards that very dark and uncertain post-antibiotic era which we are fighting so hard to resist.
Recovery road map
The global Ebola outbreak was lesson enough that there are really no barriers and that every superbug is just a plane ride away to your town. Only when each one us – every consumer, patient and health care provider joins in the fight against superbugs will the war be won.
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Reclining on a wooden bench in a park in Carlton-Ludingwood, and taking a puff of a Marlboro lights cigarette, he rolls up his sleeves exposing his reddish meth sores, which leave him with a feeling of bugs crawling on his skin. “Meth is my demon, it has left me with nothing. It has destroyed me,” laments a debilitated and disillusioned Dennis Flaherty (name changed). Apart from an extra pair of socks, a shirt, two pairs of boxer shorts, and his diary, this Muncie native in his early forties owns nothing else. He sold his car, a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, for five payments of $40 each. …Read more
Last week, former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers, was stripped of his power to lead services for the Church and of his title ‘Reverend’ for his drug-seeking behavior. Flowers, 66, had become a Methodist minister in Bradford in 1976. …Read more
As the week-old restless infant scrunched up her pale face bursting into heartrending sobs, the silver-haired volunteer intensified her embrace and hummed a lullaby. Responding to her touch in a flash, the helpless little one snuggled up blissfully in the warmth of her bosom. …Read more
Overall, the use and abuse of addictive substances, including drugs, to feel ecstasy and a euphoric high is not something new; in fact, it has been prevalent ever since the existence of mankind. Interestingly, addiction, like humans, has evolved significantly, both in terms of the type of substance and methods to abuse substances. …Read more