Tag Archives: prescription drug abuse

Is There a Link Between Prescription Opioid Abuse and PTSD Severity?

Prescription opioid abuse is the collective term for both the misuse of opioid medications by legitimate prescription recipients and any form of opioid medication use by people without a legitimate prescription. In the U.S., people participate in this form of prescription drug abuse fairly often. In a study published in May 2014 in The American […]

Chronic Pain Treatment Increases Risk for Opioid Addiction

Millions of people across the U.S. are affected by health conditions that trigger symptoms of ongoing, chronic pain. A number of opioid-based medications are commonly used to help people dealing with chronic pain; however, use of these medications (especially outside of an authorized context) inherently comes with significant risks for drug abuse and addiction. In […]

When Managing Chronic Pain Becomes Addiction

From back strains to sports injuries, chronic pain is surprisingly common. About 116 million Americans are estimated to struggle with chronic pain. While there are many ways to manage it, some individuals turn to drugs to relieve the discomfort. Unfortunately, this creates the potential for drug abuse and addiction and, ultimately, the need for drug […]

High-Risk Use of Prescription Opioids Blamed for Deaths in Tennessee

High-risk drug/medication use is a term that describes a pattern of drug or medication intake that substantially increases the chances that a person will experience a seriously negative substance-related health outcome. In addition to diagnosable abuse or addiction, the most prominent potential negative outcome is overdose. In a study published in March 2014 in the […]

Half a Million Soldiers Battle Prescription Drug Abuse Back at Home

When soldiers return they bring home wounds both physical and mental. A recent study found that more than half of soldiers who receive opioid painkiller prescriptions continue to request and receive them months after they should have. This chronic use has spurred doctors to find the reasons why veterans can’t let go of their pain […]

Women’s Prescription Painkiller Deaths Up 400 Percent

In 2010, 6,600 women died from prescription painkiller overdose, according to a report that was recently released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Just as alarming, for every woman who dies from these medications, 30 will visit the emergency room for painkiller abuse or misuse. Prescription painkillers can be an appropriate and effective way […]

What If I am Addicted to Two or More Drugs? What Will Rehab Do for Me?

Being addicted to more than one drug presents unique challenges for rehab centers. Generally speaking, it’s more difficult because there are two different foreign chemicals being introduced into the individual’s body, so both have to be considered separately from a medical perspective. Although the psychological requirements for individuals addicted to multiple drugs are roughly the […]

Adderall Abuse Can Lead to a Heart Attack

Adderall is the brand name of a prescription medication that contains the stimulant drug amphetamine, as well as a closely related stimulant called dextroamphetamine. This medication is commonly used to control the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and doctors also sometimes prescribe it for treatment of the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Adderall has gained significant […]