Neuroscientist Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D., answers some commonly asked questions about opioid addiction, like what causes dependency, how do opioids affect the brain, and most importantly: what makes them so addictive?
Less than one percent of adolescents addicted to opiates receive medications to help them quit, new research shows. The Journal of Adolescent Health says that’s compared to 12 percent of adults that receive medication.
Opioid addiction is labeled an epidemic, and Minnesota is not immune. While there are multiple schools of thought on the source of the epidemic, the number of deaths related to this class of drugs continues to rise, in some states, by more than 100 percent in the last few years. Recent reports show more Americans now die from heroin overdoses than from gun homicides. An even greater number of individuals succumb to prescription opioid overdose.
Since Naloxone was made available at Minnesota pharmacies in October 2015, education on how to administer the opioid overdose antidote has been growing. Many CPR classes, such as those offered through The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross, now include it.