The opioid crisis is still in full swing, but that doesn’t mean opioids are the only class of drugs hurting people. Benzodiazepines, like Xanax, Versed, Ativan, or Valium, are a class of drugs that are prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders. Prescriptions for and overdoses caused by benzodiazepines, which depress the central nervous system, have increased at alarming rates over the last twenty years
We’ve been using them since the ‘50s, yet we are still unravelling the effects of antidepressants. The entire basis for their use – that depression results from a chemical imbalance in the brain – is disputed, and while their consumption has skyrocketed in recent decades, there is little evidence to show that they are much better than a placebo. To add to this, a new study has highlighted the link between these drugs and serious harms.
Throughout history, advancements in healthcare and technology have typically been accompanied by decreasing mortality rates, with this trend only halted by exceptional factors such as wars, natural disasters or disease epidemics. However, a recent investigation by the New York Times has revealed that the death rate for young white Americans is currently increasing, and suggests that opioid overdoses could be the main cause of this alarming shift.
For thousands of years, drugs have been a fundamental part of culture, society, and the human experience. Even as we zip into the current age of technological growth and boundless information, a surprising amount of the world is still viewed through a mind-altered haze. Statistics on the world’s drug use provides interesting insight into how we view these habits and how we try to tackle abuse of these substances.
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Negative media reports on cholesterol-lowering drugs influence people to discontinue their use of these drugs, which in turn can increase deaths by heart attack, a new study has claimed. Even before publication the study has been criticized, however, in part for the lead author’s conflicts of interest. Beyond the specific example investigated, the study implies that popular reporting on health matters can be powerful.
The same antibiotic treatment can elicit very different responses from your mouth microbes and from your gut microbes. While the microscopic communities living in your mouth rebound quickly, just one course of antibiotics can disrupt the gut microbiome for months, sometimes even up to a year, according to findings published in mBio this week.
In most developed countries, the use of antidepressants has risen over the past 15 years. But which country is the highest consumer?The information in the infographic, below, is from an OECD report called Health at a Glance 2015 that calculated which developed countries consume the most antidepressants. The data was then visualized by Statista.