Past researches and data released by the federal agencies have time and again stressed on the repercussions of using drugs that have taken millions of lives. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has brought to light the rising trend in drug overdose deaths including those caused by opioids in America. Illinois particularly, has reported threat from a synthetic opioid highlighting the plight of those reeling under the drug’s impact. The drug also referred to as “U,” “U-4,” “Pink” or “Pinky” is said to have caused deaths of at least 100 people in the city in the past few years. Continue reading
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With an increasing number of students, women, and elderly people falling prey to the addiction of prescription drugs, the number of overdose deaths is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. Factors such as an increase in the number of prescriptions written and dispensed, a surge in use of medications to treat any illness, aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies and easy availability can be attributed to the rise in the abuse of prescription drugs in the country. Continue reading
Prescription drugs are specialized medication designed to treat a specific condition under the supervision of a doctor. Unfortunately, many people abuse these drugs by using them beyond their recommended dosage or without a prescription. Prescription drugs are the second-most commonly abused drug in the United States, with approximately 2.4 million abusers in 2010. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 6,600 people start abusing prescription drugs every day. Taking a closer look at the demographics of these people can reveal who is most at risk of abuse. Continue reading
Prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are drugs that elevate the user’s heart rate, blood pressure and respiration as well as cause a corresponding increase in energy and attention. The drugs are prescribed as medication to treat such conditions as ADHD, narcolepsy and depression. However, stimulants also have the potential for abuse. When people use the drugs without any medical need or go beyond the recommended usage prescribed by a doctor, they run the risk of suffering serious health problems.