Category: Prescription Drugs

ADHD Prescriptions On the Rise: Helpful or Hurtful?

Many believe that prescribing children with ADHD is a very dangerous slippery slope, while others feel treatment is necessary. The long-debated ADHD controversy continues; found in a new study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, ADHD prescriptions increased by 46% between 2002 and 2010 among children up to 17-years-old. According to ABC News, “Ritalin and […]

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Do Sleep Aids Cause a Higher Risk of Mortality?

A new study warns you to be extra careful about sleeping pills — and to use them only when necessary. While many researchers and doctors disagree with the study done by the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, the lead authors are not backing down on their claims. The authors found that people who take […]

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Afraid of Drugs

We often have biases about drug abuse. Maybe we think all drug addicts live on the streets of big cities, or that every rich and famous person does drugs or abuses alcohol, or that all young people will try drugs at least once in their life. Some people are hopelessly optimistic that we can change […]

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The Beast We Call Progression: Addiction a Progressive Disease

We want to thank Dr. James DiReda for offering another excellent guest post for us! Dr. DiReda has over twenty years experience working with individuals, families, and organizations to address alcohol, drug, and mental health issues. He holds a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University. He is currently Director of Counseling […]

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Worldwide Drug Statistics

  A summary of global drug abuse statistics was released by Australian researchers last week. The report shows the estimated numbers of drug abusers in various areas of the world, and finds that wealthier, more advanced countries are more at risk. Among the study’s findings are estimates of illicit drug abuse throughout the world:   […]

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Sizzurp Abuse

Lil Wayne has come forward this week with a video confession about abusing the substance Sizzurp. This rapper, like so many other young people, was influenced by the entertainment industry to first use the substance because it was cool. This concoction, although it is made out to be harmless, can actually be deadly if abused. […]

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Sad Statistics of Drug Abuse

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data that show that drugs now kill more Americans than motor vehicle accidents. On the one hand, the rate of traffic deaths has decreased, thanks to improved road safety. On the other hand, as Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske said, “We are in the midst […]

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Safe Drug Use During Recovery

Someone who is recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction must learn to be very diligent in order to stay sober. There will always be the temptation to go back to their substance, especially when triggered by people, things, or events that initially led them to substance abuse. Even things as simple as taking over-the-country […]

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The Government's Drug Control Strategy

National Drug Control Policy director, Gil Kerlikowske, recently revealed the 2011 National drug Control Strategy, and with it, the government’s hopes of drug prevention. Kerlikowske is counting on collaborations from different areas in order to carry out the plan. Help for Women, Veterans, and College Students The first thing the strategy does is identify populations […]

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OxyContin Reformulated

OxyContin is one of the most widely abused drugs there is today. While prescription painkiller abuse in general has been steadily rising over the last decade, it is often OxyContin that becomes the most addicting. Addicted to the Pain Relief Some people who abuse OxyContin started taking it to manage pain, as prescribed by their […]

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