Month: February 2015

Top 10 Most Abused Prescription Medications

Prescription medications start out as a legal, yet necessary way to relieve pain, stress, depression, or a host of other disorders. But somewhere along the way, they can lead to prescription drug abuse for a variety of reasons, and the number of abused patients is climbing every year. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), prescription drug abuse can be simply defined as taking a prescribed medication in a way that is different from what was prescribed by a doctor. This can include taking medications that were prescribed for another person, taking too much, taking it for the wrong reasons, or taking it for the purpose of getting high. Research on the website shows that prescription drugs are the second most abused type of drugs by young people, behind marijuana. The numbers also show that from 1999 to 2007, drug induced deaths were second only to motor vehicle fatalities. While there are numerous causes and risks associated with abusing medications, many people don’t start taking prescriptions with the intent of abusing them. Prescriptions are legally prescribed by a medical doctor to treat symp- toms. Most of the time they serve their intended purpose, but after prolonged use, they can be abused, and in turn, lead to addiction. The infographic below by Online Drug Class shows the Top 10 Most Abused Prescription Medications in the United States...

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What is the Cover Charge For a DUI?

While it’s impossible to put an actual price tag on the many costs of driving under the influence of alcohol, the financial burden can be upwards of $40,000 to the person charged with a DUI. That figure doesn’t include the loss of time after the arrest or, in some instances, the loss of property or even life in the worst of cases. Drinking and driving is a problem around the world but it seems to be a bigger problem in the United States than in many other countries. The fact that it’s easily preventable makes it all the more sad for everyone involved in a DUI accident. We’re all aware that driving is a privilege, yet so many take it for granted and act like it’s an assumed right for everyone over the age of 16. Nonetheless, there are rules to be followed, and abstinence behind the wheel is meant to protect everyone, not just the person doing the drinking and driving. The Infographic shown below titled, “Anatomy of a DUI,” shows just some of the many statistics compiled about drunk driving in America. According to the data, in 2009, one alcohol related driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes. One in three people will be involved in an alcohol related driving accident at some point in their lifetime. In 2010, it’s estimated that there were over 1.4 million drunk...

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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 […]
  • Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder February 14, 2018
    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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