Prescription drug abuse rates are rapidly increasing in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it is responsible for the consumption of 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs occurs who the drug is taken in a manner other than its intended purpose such as to get high.
Prescription drug abuse can take over someone's life if help isn't found. It doesn’t have to be this way though. For those who are struggling with prescription drug abuse and addiction, help is only a phone call away.
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As the up-to-date statistics on opioid-related deaths were made public in the United States, it was shocking to find out that opioid overdose and deaths have continued to edge on, thereby taking death tolls to new uncharted heights. The opioid crisis has indeed been a rambunctious ordeal that has consistently posed problems for the American […]Read Full Article
A team of researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has found a high correlation between nonmedical use of prescription opioids (NUPO) among teenagers, especially males, and their previous use for medical reasons. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics in March 2017, suggests that teens who abuse prescription opioids were first given the […]Read Full Article
Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist that was first patented in 1961 and later approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1971. It is a type of medication that has been created with the sole purpose of reversing the effects of opioid overdose in a victim. In the wake of the prescription drug […]Read Full Article
Benzodiazepines, widely known by their brand names Xanax and Valium, are prescribed for the treatment of neurological and/or psychological conditions, including anxiety, insomnia and seizures. Opioids are used to treat moderate-to-severe pain, where over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, does not help. Both the classes of drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants. However, each has a unique pharmacology, […]Read Full Article
Injection drug use is a growing problem in the United States as more and more Americans continue to misuse and abuse various kinds of drugs, including opioids. Drugs are abused in various forms – taking the drug orally, crushing the pill before snorting it, inhaling it or injecting it. While studying the adverse effects of […]Read Full Article
Can a single prescription lead to opioid addiction? Maybe yes, as per findings of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 16, 2017, which show that a single prescription by some emergency room (ER) doctors may lead to long-term opioid addiction. The study has found wide-ranging disparities in the prescription […]Read Full Article
A looming doubt in an individual’s mind might push him or her to verify the well-being of his or her loved one who is bound to prescription drug abuse. By observing some of the warning signs of prescription drug abuse, he or she may sense an unsettling foreboding that something is wrong with the loved […]Read Full Article
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines for doctors issuing prescription for painkillers to improve the way opioids are prescribed to ensure safer and effective pain management programs, especially among patients in the age group 18 and above. These were also promulgated to reduce the chances of misuse, abuse […]Read Full Article
Teens generally dedicate about four years of their life to high school. Unlike other phases, this is quite a life-changing phase for the young adolescents because it is full of growth, challenges and self-discovery, where they prepare academically and mentally to take the up the mantle of adulthood. It is the time when they are […]Read Full Article
Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse are a major public health concern in the United States, one that shows an increasing trend. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 48 million people or 20 percent of the population aged 12 years or older had used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons at one […]Read Full Article