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Prescription Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

Americans of all ages have fallen victim to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction. The consequences are serious, including a tripling in the number of overdose deaths from prescription drugs in the U.S. since 1990. While people of all ages, socioeconomic groups, and races are vulnerable to prescription drug abuse, one group is…

Energy Drink Cans

Energy Drinks Linked to Prescription Stimulant Abuse

Energy drinks are a modern class of beverage that contain some sort of nonprescription stimulant, including substances such as caffeine, guarana or yohimbe. College students and other young adults consume these beverages with some regularity. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from six U.S. universities analyzed the potential…

Women suffering from asthma and substance abuse in hospital bed

Dangerous Relationships: Asthma and Substance Abuse

Asthma is an incurable, chronic lung condition characterized by inflammation and constriction (narrowing) in the passageways that transport life-giving oxygen into the body. Some people affected by the condition experience only sporadic or minor related health problems, while others experience moderate, severe or even potentially fatal complications. According to the results of a study review…

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Can I Get Kicked Out of Rehab?

Getting over addiction is never easy. That means rehab isn’t easy either. The structure, emotional vulnerability and lack of substances to mute feelings can clash with the lifestyle of addiction you’ve been leading. If you are struggling to get into a groove with your treatment program, you may be wondering if you can get kicked…

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Sizzurp and Seizures

Sizzurp, also commonly known as purple drank, is an addictive recreational drug concoction typically made with a prescription-strength cough syrup that contains the antihistamine promethazine and the opioid narcotic codeine. The concoction initially saw limited use in the hip-hop music community, and has since gained significant popularity among some fans of this music and in…