Doctors’ Roles in Prescription Drug Abuse

Since 1999 and 2010, the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions written in theUnited Statestripled. Over the same time period, deaths caused by drug overdose rose almost 500 percent. Many of these deaths result from prescription overdose. Research suggests doctors are not always following guidelines for monitoring potential prescription drug abuse, including maintaining patients on opioid…

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How the “STOPP Act” Could Save Lives

Prescription opioid abuse is an epidemic in the United States. Prescription painkillers are easily accessible, with over 209.4 million prescriptions written for opioid analgesics in 2010, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Introduced in 2012, the STOPP (Stop Tampering of Prescription Pills) Act could help prevent abuse of prescription opioids. Two Roads to…

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Watching Kids Watch You

Kids watch adults. If you’re a parent, they’re watching you. If you’re a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or older sibling, they’re watching you. We teach our kids by example, whether we’re attending church, dealing with finances, or interacting with each other. We understand our attitudes towards courtesy, politics, and racism have deep influences on our children.…

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You Deserve Discretion and Privacy During Recovery

Privacy and discretion are important considerations when entering drug or alcohol rehab. Substance abuse, while a recognized mental disorder, still carries a social stigma. You don’t want the world to know about your personal struggles, and you have a right to privacy. At The Ranch PA, your health history, current addiction and treatment stay completely…

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Billie Joe Armstrong Reveals Substance Abuse

Sometimes dramatic events convince people they need help. For Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, that event was a public meltdown on stage at the September 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Believing the band’s act was cut short, Armstrong exploded into an expletive-filled rant, smashed his guitar, and stormed offstage. The moment convinced Armstrong…

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Teens with ADHD are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

A study published in the February, 2013 edition of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports what many substance abuse therapists and parents suspected — children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to abuse marijuana and cigarettes, and they are more likely to require the services of drug and rehab…

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