Month: July 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse Hits 18 to 25 Year Olds the Hardest

Prescription drug use among college students was almost unheard of years ago. The only requirement parents expected from their children was to go to school, get good grades and stay out of trouble. So, what’s changed, and why are so many 18 to 25 year old students abusing prescription drugs? Students have gone from taking sleeping pills, to taking over the counter and prescription drugs. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and more and more college students are being affected. Why do teens use prescription drugs? Prescription drugs are often abused by college students because they’re easy to get from friends. They take them for a variety of reasons, often because they think the drugs will help them study or get better grades, but many times they simply want to get high. Many students use drugs to keep them awake to study, finish papers and take exams. Other reasons include: Deal with pain and problems Concentrate Lose weight Relax Experiment What most young adults don’t realize is that prescription drug use can lead to allergic reactions and sometimes addiction. Approximately 5 to 35 percent of college students misuse stimulants to keep grades up. Even drinking too many energy drinks can lead to anxiety, increased heart rate, and high blood pressure. As the infographic below shows, nearly 3,000 young adults overdosed on prescription meds and died in 2010 alone....

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The Dark Side of Opiate Addiction

The sobering statistics regarding the abuse of an addiction to opiate drugs is astounding. As the latest opiate addictive statistics divulge, Heroin is the most widely used illegal opiate but prescription opiate killers like Oxycontin, Morphine, Oxycodone, etc. are just as dangerous.  Opiate addiction is recognized as a central nervous system disorder which leads to potentially fatal diseases that requires long term treatment and care. Most people become physically dependent on the drug with the very first or second use. What is Opiate Addiction? Prolonged use of opiates leads to nerve damage within the brain, stopping the natural painkillers known as endorphins to do their natural pain relieving process. Hence, the body is incapable of reducing or masking pain. Thus further degeneration of the nerve cells that reduce pain results in physical dependency on opiates as an external supply source. This leads to opiate addiction. Opiate Withdrawal Long term opiate abuse leads to physical dependency which is barred by what is known as opiate withdrawal. The physical and psychological illness that is associated with the sudden withdrawal of the drug is difficult and potentially deadly to cope with for the patient. Addicts who try to stop using find themselves going back to the drugs just to make the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like diarrhea, cramps, excessive sweating and nausea,  go away. What are opiates’ short-term effects? After the initial euphoric...

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RSS Addiction News

  • Polysubstance Abuse: Addicted to the ‘High’ Rather Than the Drugs February 21, 2018
    Until there’s a social consensus, it bears repeating that addiction is a complex and complicated disease of the brain. People develop the condition for a variety of different reasons, which makes plotting out an effective treatment approach a challenge for patients, physicians, therapists and other addiction healthcare specialists. That said, the treatment of addiction continues […]
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    In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]
  • Hygge [hew-guh] to Beat the Winter Blues and Improve Mental Health: The Danes Know What They’re Doing February 7, 2018
    As the grip of post-holiday wintertime clamps down on North America, it’s all too common to allow the shorter days, frigid temperatures and stress of getting back to work push us into isolation, both physically and mentally. In Denmark, where the average temperature in January is about 28 degrees Fahrenheit and 0 degrees in February, […]

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