Opioids possess great potential to relieve suffering when used correctly.

‘Opioids possess great potential to relieve suffering when used correctly,’ stated Richard Rosenquist, M.D., Chair, ASA Committee on Pain Medicine. ‘However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic, and extra public education is essential to lessen opioid-related deaths. ASA developed this informational card to aid the public in determining and helping those suspected of an opioid overdose.’ Related StoriesUnderstanding the sources of sudden loss of life in epilepsy: an interview with Professor Sanjay SisodiyaCombatting viral and bacterial lung attacks with volatile anesthetics: an interview with Dr ChakravarthySilverScript announces brand-new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan options for 2016 The ASA Opioid Overdose Resuscitation card lists symptoms to consider when an opioid overdose is normally suspected.The technique might 1 day end up being performed routinely in a doctor's office. ‘The non-invasive nature of measuring 3-HPMA concentrations in urine permits long-term monitoring of acrolein in the same animal and ultimately in individual clinical research,’ Shi said. Two medicines have been been shown to be effective in reducing acrolein levels in the body: hydralazine and phenelzine, which were accepted by the U.S. Drug and Food Administration for hypertension and depressive disorder, respectively.