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Doctors’ Roles in Prescription Drug Abuse

Since 1999 and 2010, the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions written in the United States tripled. 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 …

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Are “Crackdowns” on Prescription Drug Use Working? A Recent Survey Says Yes

When new regulations attempted to decrease prescription drug use, many wondered if it was a hopeless endeavor. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has released shocking statistics that give America a glimmer of hope in the war against the prescription drug epidemic. Lowest Numbers in a Decade According to the survey, prescription drug …

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Talk to Your Kids about Correctly Using their Prescriptions

Across the United States, a rising number of high school students are abusing prescription stimulants, such as Adderal and Focalin, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Feeling the pressure to get good grades, students are using the stimulants to stay up studying all night, and then to stay alert for exams the next …

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Dual Diagnosis Rehab and the Risks of Prescription Stimulants

Prescription stimulants like Adderall and Dexedrine are sometimes called the respectable cousins of illegal street drugs such as cocaine and meth. Both groups affect the brain and body in similar fashion. Both are highly addictive. But only the former can be legally prescribed to treat conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The medicine …

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Substance Abuse Treatment in Florida Focuses on Holistic Approach in Light of Recent Upsurge in Prescription Drug Abuse

The numbers related to drug abuse coming out of Florida are nothing less than terrifying. Seven people die each day in the state from prescription drug abuse. In Volusia County, deaths related to prescription drug abuse has rose a terrifying 37.5% since 2009. Of the children removed from homes in Volusia and Flager counties, almost …

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