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The Truth About Amphetamines

Amphetamines, like all drugs, are chemical compounds that are used to influence the way the body functions. Many people use them to help them become faster, stronger or smarter. Amphetamines, such as Dexadrine, Ritalin, and Adderall, work by stimulating the central nervous system. Use of these stimulants is now common incompetitive schools, sports, and the health professions. Unfortunately, what often begins as a way of overcoming a triple shift at the hospital or packed week of exams turns into a habit. After all, if the drug improved performance once, then it should do so again and again and again, right?…

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Drug Abuse for Athletes

Prescription drug abuse is common among professional athletes. The history of athletes using substances for artificially increasing performance dates back to ancient Greece, where athletes would use substances to enhance performance.  Unfortunately, performance-enhancing substances often have addictive qualities and eventual health consequences.

National Hockey League player Derek Boogaard joined a long list of professional athletes suffering from addiction. Boogaard was only 28 years old when a deadly combination of alcohol and prescription sleep aids claimed his life.

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Non-Addictive Chronic Pain Treatment

What is Chronic Pain?

Pain is a natural sensation that is triggered by your brain when you’ve been hurt in some way. The purpose of the pain response is to let you know that you may have injured yourself and need to take care of yourself. We have all been in pain at one time or another. Maybe from a fall, burn or sports injury, but typically that pain level is short-lived. In order for pain to be classified as chronic, it needs to be acute pain that persists for months or even years. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain or pain that results from nerve damage.

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Ambien Overdose & Ambien Addiction

Ambien overdose is not an exaggeration and neither is Ambien addiction. Everybody wants a good night’s sleep, but at what cost? For many people in this country and around the world, their struggles with insomnia have led them to the doorstep of a powerful sleep agent called Ambien.

For whatever reason, our society has deemed Ambien to be a “safe” prescription drug that has minimal likelihood of being abused. How the general population came to this incredibly mistaken consensus is unknown, but Ambien is a highly addictive substance that in actuality is very prone to abuse and misuse.

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A Closer Look at Roxicodone Addiction

Roxicodone addiction is a growing problem in the United States today. Roxicodone is a highly addictive prescription opioid analgesic, essentially it is a narcotic pain reliever that works by affecting the central nervous system.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Increase Linked to Pain Clinics

Prescription drug abuse is simply the act of taking prescription medications for a non-medical purpose. This can include taking prescriptions that are not prescribed for you, or taking them in dosages or for reasons they’re not intended for.

Prescription drug abuse is becoming an epidemic in the United States. They are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, with marijuana being the only one abused more frequently. The National Institute of Health estimates that almost 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons at some point in their lives. The rates of prescription drug abuse are usually pretty similar between men and women, except in the age group of 12-17 where women are using at a higher rate than men.

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Prescription Drug Rehab Becoming More Necessary

The need for prescription drug rehab has increased dramatically over the past few years as prescription drug abuse becomes more predominant.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), women are 55 percent more likely than men to be prescribed a drug, which makes them more susceptible to abuse and addiction. To combat the rise in prescription drug addiction, some treatment centers have started to offer prescription drug rehab and the best programs have gender-specific (male or women only) programs available.

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