Wednesday October 17, 2018

Opioid Epidemic: Drug Overdose Alone Killed More Americans than 3 Wars Combined

With the number of people doing drug overdose America is skyrocketing, the number of deaths is extremely harrowing and the main reason is the opioid endemic

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People in US are dying due to the overdose of drugs. Pixabay
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  • Death toll due to drug overdoses in America is at the peak with more 50,-000 deaths in the last year
  • Drug overdose is the principal cause of death for Americans under 50
  • The main reason for the death is the prescription of Opioid 

June 23, 2017: Due to the Drug overdose in America, the number of deaths can shoot up to as many as died in Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan wars, NYT reported.

For more than 100 years, the death rate was low but such is not the situation now. With the number of people doing drug overdose America is skyrocketing, the number of deaths is extremely harrowing and the main reason is the opioid endemic. The spread of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid is cheap and potent, which leads to overdoses.

More than 59,000 Americans died in 2016 of drug overdoses, Times investigation reported this month which is the largest annual jump in tolls ever recorded in the U.S.

NYT mentioned, there were more than 236 million prescriptions written for opioids in the United States last year — that’s about one bottle of opioids for every American.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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Quitting Junk Food May Cause You to Suffer Withdrawal Symptoms Similar as Drug Addiction

Understanding whether withdrawal may also occur with highly processed foods was an essential next step in evaluating the validity of food addiction

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Cholesterol -- a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases -- may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found.
Junk Food is highly rich in Cholesterol, pixabay

If you are planning to deprive your taste buds of junk food such as pastries, french fries and pizza, expect to suffer withdrawal symptoms similar to what drugs addicts experience, said a study.

The study led by researchers from the University of Michigan (U-M), found that reduced amount of highly processed foods led to sadness, irritability, tiredness and cravings.

The effects peaked, especially during the initial two to five days after they quit eating junk food, then the negative side effects tapered off, which parallels the time course of drug withdrawal symptoms, the researchers said.

The study implications suggest that withdrawal symptoms may challenge first-week dietary interventions, which may contribute to people reverting back to bad eating habits, said Ashley Gearhardt, assistant professor at the U-M.

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Quitting junk food cause withdrawals as drug addiction: Study. Pixabay

In the study appearing in the journal Appetite, the team included 231 adults to report what happened when they reduced the amount of highly processed foods they ate in the past year.

Previous studies have focused on sugar withdrawal among animals, or the literature regarding humans offered only anecdotal evidence, said Erica Schulte, doctoral student at the U-M.

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What all researchers can agree upon is that the addictive qualities of tobacco, drugs or alcohol affect the brain similarly and cutting back can lead to negative side effects. Anxiety, headaches, irritability and depression are some of those outcomes.

Understanding whether withdrawal may also occur with highly processed foods was an essential next step in evaluating the validity of food addiction, Schulte said. (IANS)

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