Co-author of the study Dr Kirstie Anderson, an honorary senior lecturer at Newcastle University and consultant neurologist, says the findings highlight the risks of overusing strong painkillers
According to the findings, the Northeast, especially Maine and New Hampshire, had the most prescriptions per person for long-acting/ extended-release painkillers
and for high-dose painkillers
Many consider prescription painkillers
to be safer to use, because they are prescribed by a doctor, nurse practitioner or dentist.
Also Thursday, Shumlin released a letter to the Canadian ambassador in Washington urging that country to require drug companies to make prescription painkillers
harder to abuse.
NATURAL REMEDY: Because overuse of painkillers
can worsen headaches, try non-drug remedies first.
Always ensure you closely read the patient information leaflet to check if the painkiller
you have may affect your driving if you are unsure ask your pharmacist.
Summary: Making over the counter painkillers
a habit could bring more pain, doctors warn
Optalidon is among the most popular painkillers
on the Italian market.
In fact, people abusing painkillers
are most likely to obtain them from friends or family than from any other source, reports the Harvard Mental Health Letter.
But while over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers
usually do a great job of keeping pain at bay, some people just don't use them as well as they should.
On reading the leaflet which came with the patches, she discovered they release high dosages of a painkiller
into the bloodstream.
The researchers hope that the findings "can be used to develop prevention and treatment interventions for nonmedical prescription stimulant and prescription painkiller
use among college students.