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Common Street Names for Prescription Painkillers

Posted on September 27th, 2018

Of the 63,600 drug overdose deaths reported in 2016, 42,249 were attributed to opioids. The effects on the brain of the two most commonly prescribed prescription opioids (hydrocodone and oxycodone) are virtually indistinguishable from those of heroin. The addictive nature of prescription opioids is partially responsible for the current prescription drug crisis and the huge underground market in which people buy and sell these drugs illegally.

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6 Substances Commonly Misused By Older Adults in America

Adults aged 50 and older are among the more than 3 million people in the United States who have opioid or opiate addictions. Overuse or misuse of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone is so widespread that President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a public “health emergency.”

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When Women Become Addicted to Pain Medications

Posted on April 7th, 2017

Since 1999, the number of deaths from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than quadrupled, and rates are increasing faster among women than among men. Women become addicted to pain medication for the same reasons men do, but there are several factors that explain why the problem is increasing more rapidly among women. Finding a women’s rehabilitation center is essential if you or a loved one is having issues, but understanding the nature of the problem is also vital to getting better and tackling the growing problem.

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Fewer Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs, MTF Survey Finds

Posted on February 7th, 2015

According to the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, fewer teens are abusing prescription drugs. This hopeful trend is just one of many interesting statistics uncovered by the 2014 survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). While the trend is hopeful and positive, there are still many teens misusing prescriptions of all kinds, including the highly addictive and dangerous opioid painkillers, and too many teens are still dying from accidental overdoses.

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Doctors Call For Stronger Prescription Drug Control Measures

Posted on October 7th, 2014

MostBingeDrinkersNeverConsultwithDoctorsAboutDrinkingMuch has been done to combat abuse of prescription drugs in this country: Drug companies have changed formulations to make their medications less appealing to abusers; law enforcement has cracked down on medical offices which act as a front for supplying drugs; and most states have implemented some form of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to keep track of who writes what prescriptions and who is getting those prescriptions filled. But a group of doctors writing to their peers are suggesting that there is more which can be done.

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Preventing College Students from Using Study Drugs

Posted on September 29th, 2014

Both the United States and United Kingdom have reported an increase in the number of college students who use prescriptions like Ritalin and Adderall to help them focus when studying taking tests. Many of these students don’t have a prescription and can easily obtaining them from friends or family members. Professors across college campuses are learning more about these “study drugs” and are trying to counter this drug revolution.

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How Adderall Improved Amphetamine’s Image

Posted on September 14th, 2014

Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is an amphetamine marketed as a way to help individuals with ADHD improve their focus. However, the drug has become a popular choice for misuse due to its ability to help students forego sleep and food in order to focus on studies. An article by James L. Kent argues that the Adderall brand is designed as a veil for the marketing of speed to kids and their parents.

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The Problem of Reliance on Opioid Painkillers for Chronic Pain

Posted on February 9th, 2014

It all seems so easy; if something hurts, you just take a pill and soon your pain will fade away as if by magic. And even if your pain is severe or chronic, no problem—prescription painkillers are built to handle these heavier loads, and if you pay a visit to your family doctor he or she will be more than happy to write you a prescription for a powerful narcotic painkiller that will wipe out almost all of your dreadful discomforts in no more than a few hours time.

This is the model for pain relief and healing that most of us seem to have embraced, and for the most part, physicians have gone along with the program. But when you come to rely on prescription painkillers to make your pain go away and help you to feel better, dark ominous clouds will soon begin to form on the horizon, and before you know it, a massive storm front may come rolling in, sweeping away your health and self-control in a swirling maelstrom of runaway drug addiction.

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What Are the Most Abused Prescription Drugs?

Posted on February 2nd, 2014

If you want to know the drug of choice for those abusing prescription medications, why not just ask them? That was the thinking behind a national survey which learned that oxycodone ranked number one thanks to the quality high it offers.

A study by researchers from the Washington University Medical School and Nova Southeastern University in Miami polled 3,500 anonymous individuals currently receiving drug treatment at 160 facilities from coast to coast, with 200 participants giving up their anonymity for follow-up interviews.

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Still a Long Road Ahead in the Prescription Drug Abuse Fight – Part 2

Posted on April 23rd, 2014

[Read Part 1 here]

-By Kendal Patterson

Positive Changes

Though the prescription drug abuse battle is far from won, Natalie is grateful for the victories in her four years of involvement in the issue.

She and a network of supporters wrote, gathered and sent a flood of letters that helped ensure the 2013 implementation of California’s Good Samaritan law, which allows those who witness a drug-related overdose to seek emergency assistance without the fear of arrest or prosecution. Natalie hopes the law will eventually be adopted nationwide.

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