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The Uses and Dangers of Prescription Opioids

Pain takes many forms including minor aches, temporary bouts of sharp pain, or chronic pain. For those pains beyond the norm, doctors may prescribe medication that is stronger than typical over-the-counter pain relievers. Opioids are a class of prescription painkillers that help blunt severe pain and can be very helpful for those recovering from physical trauma including surgery. Opioids, such as methadone, have also been used to treat those with an opioid addiction. However, using any opioid medication may also carry risks.

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How Common Is Addiction?

We hear heartbreaking stories of addiction, overdose and relapse virtually every day. In most cases, these stories relate to celebrities or otherwise well-known people that have succumbed to the disease. Alternately, we hear of truly shocking behaviors that happened under the influence. Sadly, the day-to-day stories about addiction are too many to cover and have, for most people, become normal and expected. Overdose deaths often become the norm, in many people’s eyes, with the overwhelming statistics we see on drug use and addiction. This is not totally surprising. Indeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that almost everyone has been affected by addiction or knows someone who has battled substance abuse or addiction – either alcohol or drugs.

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Addiction Comes in Threes

Three wise men. Three stooges. Three ring circus. Many things come in threes and in the world of addiction, we see this time and time again. For example, it is not uncommon for a heroin addict to also have a food, gambling or sex addiction. Someone who is addicted to painkillers is likely to have sexual impulsivity or an addiction to money. Why does it come in threes? It has to do with symmetry, a spiritual component and the good vs. evil different parts of us. Depending on one’s drug of choice, it taps into a certain part of the…

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The Reality of Codeine Addiction

After Australian rapper 360 admitted to a codeine addiction through a song in which he apologized to fans for canceling 13 dates on a tour last year, a number of organizations in that country called for pulling codeine products from drugstore shelves and making them available by prescription only.

Codeine is an opiate pain reliever that’s prescribed to relieve mild pain, coughs and diarrhea. In the U.S., codeine is listed under Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it has medical value, but it also has a high potential for abuse and addiction. While a handful of states allow consumers to buy very small amounts of certain low-dose codeine medications over the counter, it’s generally only available by prescription.

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Meldonium Doping: Is It Really Harmful?

Recent news reports involving meldonium use have reignited the discussion about doping among professional athletes. Athletic competitors who are caught using prohibited performance-enhancing drugs face fines, suspension from competition and possible permanent banning from their chosen sports.

The vast majority of sports organizations consider such drug use unethical and contrary to the spirit of sportsmanship. More importantly, in many cases, performance-boosting drugs also involve significant health risks and complications for the athletes.

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Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Twice as many women as men are prescribed benzodiazepines, according to a drug market research firm cited by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Benzodiazepines, which include drugs like Xanax, Librium, and Valium, are prescription drugs that are used to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia, convulsions, and muscle pain.

Benzodiazepines are listed as Schedule IV drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, which means that while they have medical value, they are known to be habit-forming, partly due to their sedating effects, which produce a keen sense of well-being.

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Former Players Sue the NFL for Painkiller Abuse

Painkiller abuse is at the center of a major lawsuit involving the NFL. Former football players are suing the league with very serious implications that they were given painkillers illegally to mask pain symptoms from their sports-related injuries leading to subsequent addictions to them. The NFL’s Alleged Drug Culture According to the eight former NFL players who have created the lawsuit, they have all suffered tremendously mentally, physically and financially over the years due to severe drug addictions they developed as a result of the unethical painkiller abuse in the league. As players they say they were handed pills for…

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Is Prescription Drug Abuse Ever Going to End?

Prescription drug abuse has become quite an unfortunate epidemic in past years and continues to grow. The reason it has been able to reach such a level is due to the fact that there are so many people with proper prescriptions who actually have a need for the use of medications such as painkillers for their chronic conditions. Sometimes it may seem like the epidemic is going to rise continually without ever reaching an end.

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Drug Rehab in Florida Discusses Myths about Prescription Drug Addiction

Drug rehab in Florida shares and dispels the popular myths surrounding prescription drug addiction. Be aware of the real prescription drug addiction facts to get a true understanding of how prescription drugs affect the body and mind, how they become addictive, what the warning signs of prescription drug addiction are and more.

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10 Steps to Help Someone Overcome Prescription Drug Abuse

Struggling with prescription drug abuse can be difficult, not only for the individual but also for loved ones.

When someone struggles with prescription drug abuse, they may not know where to start to battle their addiction or how to look for help.  While as a loved one you may feel that you can rescue someone from prescription drug abuse, there is no way to force someone into successful recovery.  You cannot force someone to get clean or stay clean, instead focus on helping them recognize the benefits of seeking treatment and sober living.

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