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Prescription Drug Addiction

Addicts Still Getting High Using Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin

The new abuse-deterrent formulation of OxyContin isn’t preventing abuse in many addicts, a new study has found. In 2013, there were over 16,000 overdose deaths related to prescription painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the opioid abuse epidemic is still a big problem throughout the U.S. The abuse-deterrent formulation …

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Addicted Athletes: Unintended Consequences of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Male and female athletes of all ages and types are no strangers to trying to get an edge, to be one up on the competition. The goals are what every athlete wants: to be stronger, faster, and more agile, to have more stamina, increased energy and focus, and to quickly be able to adapt to …

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How Does Drug Craving Manifest in People Addicted to Prescription Opioids?

Drug cravings are prominent urges to consume more of a mind-altering drug or medication. The presence of these urges is one of the symptoms that doctors look for when diagnosing various forms of substance use disorder (substance abuse/substance addiction). In a study published in September/October 2014 in The American Journal on Addictions, a team of …

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Risk Factors for Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels not only in the United States but in the United Kingdom as well. Recent UK research has focused to identify specific triggers for prescription pain reliever addiction. The University of Derby conducted a three month study using an anonymous online survey which identified 112 patients taking prescription pain …

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