7 Legal Drugs Teens are Abusing

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7 Legal Drugs Teens are Abusing A recent study by cnn.com names seven legal drugs abused by teens today. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 7 out of the top 10 drugs abused in America by teens are legal. The list is composed to herbal remedies, over the counter drugs, and prescription drugs – all of which can be purchased at one’s local pharmacy—not on the street. The study further indicated that alarmingly, about 3% of kids ages 12 to 17 admit to abusing a prescription drug in the...

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Pharmaceutical Students Taught to Identify Prescription Drug Addiction

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Pharmaceutical Students Taught to Identify Prescription Drug Addiction Many universities and pharmaceutical colleges are instigating a system for pharmacy students that trains them how to recognize drug addiction. 75% of individuals who visit the doctor for any sort of ailment will leave with a prescription for drugs- drugs that can often be addicting. The only thing standing in the way of a patient getting that potentially addicting medication is often a pharmacist. For these reasons, it is imperative that...

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Prescription Drug Abuse and Chronic Pain

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Prescription Drug Abuse and Chronic Pain Many individuals have chronic pain issues and are abusing prescription drugs-whether prescribed to them or not-as a means to alleviate this pain.  A recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, confirms this is the case.  The study was conducted at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center where researchers screened 25,000 patients in primary care for abuse of prescription drugs and illegal drug use. Those participants who...

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Excessive Medications Often Prescribed After Surgeries

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  Excessive Medications Often Prescribed After Surgeries A recent study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) indicates that doctors are unnecessarily prescribing high amounts of opioid medications to patients after noninvasive surgeries. The amount and dosage of the opioid prescriptions may be excessive and are leading to dependent, addictive behaviors in some cases. The data came from 155,297 adults who had undergone 4 common outpatient procedures including: gall bladder removal,...

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New Warnings About Addictive Prescription

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New warnings about addictive prescription. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday new safety labeling changes for immediate-release (IR) opioid pain medications. From here on out, there must be warnings on prescription medications about the risks of addiction, abuse, misuse, overdose and deaths. The FDA hopes that this change will lessen the addiction epidemic while still providing relief to patients with pain. Immediate-release medications are a type of opioid prescription medication that...

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Prescriptions and Supplements: Deadly Combinations?

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Prescriptions and Supplements: Deadly Combinations? A recent report published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that many individuals, particularly older adults (ages 62-85) are combining prescription medications and over the counter supplements without exploring the risks of doing so. The results were very interesting. A database of reported and predicted drug interactions was used to determine whether the 20 most common prescription drugs and supplements used by the participants in their study were...

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