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Women and Prescription Drug Abuse

May 7, 2016

When thinking about drug addiction, many of us have an unrealistic image of the problem and those affected. We often assume it involves only the hard stuff, like heroin or crack. We imagine someone suffering from addiction will look disheveled and unkempt and will commit crimes to sustain a desperate habit. While such descriptions may accurately describe some who wrestle with addiction, they tell only a fraction of the story. The typical perception of addiction does not match the devastating reality taking place in our country. There is a growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and it is increasing dramatically…

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From Bad to Worse: 5 Reasons Why Snorting Pills is Harmful

March 17, 2016

Non-medical use of prescription pain medication is a rampant problem affecting nearly 2.5 million people in the United States. This is even more distressing when you consider the suffering and adverse health effects that result from such abuse. One report, released by the Drug Abuse Warning Network, indicates that approximately one million visits to emergency departments could be attributed directly to prescription drug abuse. The various harmful effects upon the body that result from drug abusecan be further aggravated by the method used to ingest the substance. Many people who abuse drugs prefer to take prescription pain pills by crushing…

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5 Things Celebs Have Taught Us About Substance Abuse Treatment

September 24, 2014

Substance abuse treatment is often a hot topic in celebrity news. This actually comes along with some great benefits for the recovery community, as we have been able to learn so much from their experiences. Here are five things famous figures have taught us about substance abuse treatment. 1. Substance Abuse Treatment Takes Time. Substance abuse treatment requires time, hard work and commitment for success. Clients who leave their treatment programs early or only commit to very short periods of time for treatment are usually featured in the headlines soon after for relapse. There is no quick fix or magic…

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Is Painkiller Addiction Among Women an Epidemic?

February 15, 2014

Painkiller addiction continues to rise among the female population at an alarming rate. This includes the increase of death rates among women abusing prescription drugs. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? Women and Painkiller Addiction Addiction to painkillers is a growing danger among the female population for several reasons. One reason is the prevalence of myths still existing in the country regarding prescription drugs. Many people are not aware of the dangers of prescription drugs, how addiction begins, and what the warning signs of prescription drugs are. There are many people who became addicted to…

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How Do I Know if I Have a Painkiller Addiction?

January 15, 2014

Painkiller addiction can be brought on for several reasons. This all-too-common addiction can be brought on by physical addiction to pain relief. Anyone who has been prescribed painkillers is also susceptible to painkiller addiction if they do not take the medication as prescribed or if it is improperly prescribed (i.e. too many refills over a lengthy period of time, etc.). Painkiller addiction is not just a danger and reality for clients who have dealt with addiction struggles in the past; anyone can be affected. The question is, how can you tell if you have a painkiller addiction? Potential Signs of…

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Why is Painkiller Addiction the Fastest-Growing Problem in the U.S.?

December 18, 2013

Painkiller addiction is the fastest-growing problem in the United States for several reasons. This type of addiction can happen to anyone, and the problem should be addressed as early as possible. Addiction to painkillers can be defeated and treatment solutions do work. Painkiller Addiction: A Growing Epidemic In recent years, prescription drugs have sped up ahead of the pack as the fastest-growing drug problem in the U.S. and the number one problem of the group is painkiller addiction. Painkillers are widely-abused in the country due to several reasons including the following: widespread availability, the misconception that prescription drugs are safer…

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Why opiate addiction is on the rise among women

March 27, 2013

Opiate addiction is on the rise among both men and women. While this may conjure up thoughts of women using cocaine and heroin, increasing numbers of American women are addicted to opiates that are more often found in their medicine cabinets than on the street. Opiate Addiction in Women Prescription painkillers The opiates in those medicine cabinets are often prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet. Prescribed liberally by physicians for legitimate medical reasons, prescription opiates contain a chemical makeup similar to heroin and are powerfully addictive. Because they are made in a laboratory and dispensed through a physician…

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Prescription Substance Abuse Overtakes Illegal Drugs

August 3, 2012

Substance abuse is one of the greatest concerns of law enforcement. While most public attention and law enforcement dollars have gone to combating illegal drugs like cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamines and heroine, the majority of cases of substance abuse in the US now involve abuse of prescription drugs.  An estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S. use cocaine. Shockingly, there are as many as 7 million people who are improperly using drugs that are legally prescribed. This shift in drug use patterns has implications for government foreign policy, law enforcement, substance abusers, and the healthcare professionals who help them. Abuse of…

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Opiate Addiction: How Do We Find Balance?

June 8, 2012

Opiate addiction is a hot topic these days. According to the CDC, between 1997 and 2007, the use of prescription opioids more than quadrupled.  With prescription drug abuse reaching all-time highs, the nation is embroiled in a policy discussion- how do we balance pain management with the growing drug crisis?  According to an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finding that balance will require careful planning and entrepreneurship. “There are simultaneous pressures to increase opioid prescribing for the benefit of individual patients and to reduce it for the sake of public health,” write article authors Jeanmarie…

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Opiate Addiction: Taking Action as a Community

April 25, 2012

Opiate addiction rates have reached epidemic levels as a result of soaring painkiller sales  around the United States in the last decade.  Opiate based painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, the main ingredients in prescriptions such as OxyContin and Percocet, are popular prescription options for physicians who want to treat a patient’s pain. Unintended Consequences of OxyContin Unfortunately the increased number of OxyContin and Percocet prescriptions has led to one unintended consequence- a dramatic rise in opiate addiction rates. According to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, prescriptions for…

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