Life can be better with the use of chemicals. Every year, I embark on chemical warfare in my rose garden. The bugs try to eat all of the first blooms and I try to kill all the bugs with chemicals. Most of the time, I win the war and have a bounty of colors and perfumes gracing my garden. This year, I learned that these poisonous potions can have some major consequences. After spraying, one of my prized plants immediately turned brown and sickly. Worst of all, the targeted pest is still in my garden.
Chemicals do not always live up to their promises. The same can be said of opioid pain medications like morphine, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Sometimes these chemicals have some serious consequences and can still leave a person in pain. Are these chemicals really worth it in the long run? Was the loss of one rose bush worth the blooms of the others? I am not sure, but I am definitely having second thoughts about using chemicals in my garden knowing the consequences.
An updated clinical practice guideline released by the U.S. Public Health Service on May 7, 2008, identified new medication treatments that are effective for helping people quit smoking . No matter the level of addiction, anyone attempting to quit should consider trying at least one or more of the effective pharmacotherapies. The goal of cessation pharmacotherapy is to alleviate or diminish the symptoms of withdrawal . The more physically comfortable one is, the more likely the smoker will make a serious quit attempt and succeed in permanently quitting. Currently, the FDA-approved, first-line agents for smoking cessation include five nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products and two non-nicotine medications. All of these medications were found to be effective first-line medications in the guideline’s meta-analyses. There is no question that the odds of a smoker quitting are increased by using a pharmacological treatment. In addition, multiple co...
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