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Veterans face greater risk of prescription drug abuse

Veterans face greater risk of prescription drug abuse

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

Self-medication emerging cause of widespread prescription drug abuse

Self-medication emerging cause of widespread prescription drug abuse

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

Talk About Your Medicines Month: Kinds of prescription drugs – Antidepressants

Talk About Your Medicines Month: Kinds of prescription drugs - Antidepressants

Antidepressants are usually used for treating depression. These medicines correct the chemical imbalance in the brain which was causing the changes in the mood and behavior. Besides depression, antidepressants are also widely used for treating other mental conditions such as social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders and dysthymia (mild chronic depression). Notably, while these drugs do not cure the disorder, they help the patient get some relief from the symptoms including sadness, irritability and suicidal thoughts. Continue reading

Talk About Your Medicines Month: Kinds of prescription drugs – Stimulants

Talk About Your Medicines Month: Kinds of prescription drugs - Stimulants

Prescription drug abuse is especially prevalent among teenagers, women and elderly people. Factors such as easy availability, absence of legal barriers and ease with which they can be prescribed by different doctors have played a major role in increasing prescription drug abuse. While pain relievers are believed to be the most widely abused prescription drugs, reports have suggested rampant abuse of stimulants as well. Continue reading

Appreciative Inquiry – an innovative way to curb prescription drug abuse in colleges

Appreciative Inquiry - an innovative way to curb prescription drug abuse in colleges

The rise in prescription drug abuse, especially in students and teens, has emerged as one of the fastest growing problems in the United States. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), with approximately 1.7 million students aged 18 to 25 years using prescription drugs without any medical purpose, the group became the second highest to abuse prescription drugs in 2011. Continue reading

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: A viable option to curb prescription drug abuse

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: A viable option to curb prescription drug abuse

The rise in prescription drug abuse has become a major concern in the United States with more and more students, older adults, and women resorting to it. As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 2.1 million people suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 in the U.S. Continue reading

Study finds prescription drug abuse to be a popular mode of suicide among the elderly

Study finds prescription drug abuse to be a popular mode of suicide among the elderly

Prescription drug abuse is a serious concern among the elderly. Studies reveal an increase in the number of suicides due to addiction in this demographic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “an estimated 10,189 older Americans (ages 60 and up) died from suicide in 2013.” It further added that while the highest suicide rate was among people between 45 to 64 years old at 19.1 percent, the suicide rate for people in the age group of 85 years and above was not far behind at 18.6 percent. Continue reading

Yoga helps curb prescription drug abuse

Yoga helps curb prescription drug abuse

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

Busting myths about prescription drug addiction

Busting myths about prescription drug addiction

Addicts often blame someone or the other for their predicament. Unfortunately, they blame everyone but themselves. Blaming somebody else for one’s problems or condition hinders the way to achieve complete recovery. It is simply a way of not taking responsibility, and grudging about a situation without addressing the real challenge. The key lies in ascertaining the root of the problem and then working toward improving things.

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