It was while riffling through his parents’ medicine cabinet that Jacob first came across opioid painkillers. The first time he took the pills, it was a silly bet but the high he experienced from the drug was a reason good enough for him to go back again and again to the cabinet. Fast forward two years, Jacob, today, is suffering from opioid use disorder. Continue reading
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Discovering that their child is into smoking weed, snorting heroin, taking alcohol-spiked Red Bull, or any other form of substance abuse can be earth shattering for parents. Addiction is a chronic illness and coming out of it is an arduous task, besides, there is always a risk of relapse.
Addiction not only ruins an individual’s personality, career prospects, health and social circle, it also badly affects the loved ones of the patient. During the transition from childhood to adolescence, the brain undergoes changes, which might be responsible for making him or her susceptible to addiction. Continue reading
Due to the increased practice of self-medication, prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States and is now second only to marijuana use across all age groups. Prescription drug abuse includes any nonmedical use of a prescribed drug or using prescription medications in ways other than specified by the health care professionals. Continue reading
Even as prescription drugs have been the mainstay of medical care in alleviating acute pain, overdose deaths caused by them have quadrupled since 1999, particularly due to the increased habit of self-medication for nonmedicinal purposes. In fact, it has become the leading reason for deaths as opioid overdose deaths are occurring at an average rate of 44 per day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading
The tendency to self-medicate has pushed millions of people into the dark abyss of addiction. It has become imperative for the law enforcement authorities to implement changes in the interest of public health. As the nation struggles to take reformative actions to fight prescription drug abuse, California has gone a step further by creating Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) database. Continue reading
As the United States struggles with the misuse of prescription drugs across the country, there has been a significant increase in the number of emergency room visits over the last 15 years, said a 2016 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And now, even member of the U.S. armed forces, or veterans, are stuck in the web of prescription drug addiction. Veterans are likely to suffer from chronic pain which makes them two times more susceptible to the habit of popping pills. Continue reading
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the deaths due to drug overdose increased in 2014, most overdoses, nearly six out of 10, were due to opioids. The report further suggested that the deaths due to opioid use have quadrupled since 1999. According to the report, “78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose”. Continue reading
Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions, with ease of availability of the drugs being one of the main causes of the rising menace. An unmonitored home medicine cabinet can be an easy target for someone with the inclination to abuse prescription drugs. Drugs or medicines thrown in the garbage can be easily retrieved, abused or sold in the illegal market. And, if the medicines are simply flushed down the toilet, they can end up damaging the environment. Therefore, it is extremely important to dispose of medicines properly. Continue reading
Every major surgical procedure makes the use of painkillers mandatory, which if continued for a long time can be addictive. Prescription opioid addiction has been creating a mayhem in the United States. There has been a steady rise in the use of prescription opioids for patients undergoing minor surgical procedures, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription drug often used to treat narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It normally comes in the form of a tablet or time release capsule. According to data by the Monitoring the Future survey, usage of Adderall was among the highest for prescription, over-the-counter and illicit drugs other than marijuana, among high school seniors in 2015 at 7.5 percent. Continue reading