Prescription drug addiction – Part 3: How to treat dependence on opioids

Prescription drug addiction – Part 3: How to treat dependence on opioids

Prescription drug abuse is a serious health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths from prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone jumped fourfold between 1999 and 2014. Another data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that nearly 54 million people have used such medications for non-medical purposes at least once in their lifetime. Read more

Prescription drug addiction - Part 2: Preventing misuse through collaborative efforts of clinicians, pharmacists and patients

Prescription drug addiction – Part 2: Preventing misuse through collaborative efforts of clinicians, pharmacists and patients

Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Teens and young adults are more likely to misuse a prescription drug thinking it to be safe. However, this need to self-medicate can get dangerous and more addictive than illegal drugs. Their easy availability and widespread abuse call for urgent preventive measures. Read more

Prescription drug addiction Part 1: The most addictive prescription drugs

Prescription drug addiction Part 1: The most addictive prescription drugs

Although prescription drugs are recommended by doctors to treat certain conditions they still can be addictive or be abused by people. This is especially true when people do not follow the doctor’s guidelines, use medications for a purpose other than the reason for which they have been prescribed or tamper with the dosage.

In such circumstances, the use of prescription drugs is termed as an abuse. It is largely believed that prescription drug abuse often turns into an addiction, which is no less dangerous than an addiction to illicit drugs, such as cannabis. Read more

Tranquilizers abuse – Part 4: Treatments

Tranquilizers abuse – Part 4: Treatments

Tranquilizers are a class of drugs that are capable of inducing a state of relaxation and calmness for individuals suffering from various mental health issues, such as depression or high anxiety levels. Tranquilizers are also used to relieve withdrawal symptoms for people undertaking medical detoxification from any substance addiction. Read more

Differences between Adderall IR vs. XR

Differences between Adderall IR vs. XR

Adderall is a combination drug that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, the central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves contributing to hyperactivity and impulse control. Used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the drug works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Read more

Tranquilizer Abuse – 3: Sleeping pills

Tranquilizer Abuse – 3: Sleeping pills

Tranquilizers act as a central nervous system (CNS) depressants and lead to a state of “tranquillity,” that is, a state of calmness, relaxation and self-control. Tranquilizer drugs are beneficial for those suffering from severe mental health issues or those susceptible to depression, insomnia and high anxiety levels. Read more

Cough and cold medicines commonly abused by teens

Cough and cold medicines commonly abused by teens

Teenage years are often considered to be the most challenging period of one’s life since this is the age when children are increasingly exposed to negative influences such as drug abuse. Some of the teens, probably use drugs just for having fun or, sometimes, due to peer pressure, but, many others get habituated to drug use, which leads to an addiction. Addiction is a chronic condition characterized by an inability to stop using drugs in spite of the detrimental effect on a person’s life and health. Read more

Tranquilizers abuse––2: Barbiturates

Tranquilizers abuse––2: Barbiturates

Tranquilizers are highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) depressants which can cause problems such as memory loss, loss of balance, severe allergic reactions, etc. Tranquilizers are a class of drugs used to relax the body and help people sleep. Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotics that are often prescribed to stimulate sleep and reduce anxiety or depression. They act on the CNS by suppressing its activity. Barbiturates enhance the activity of a neurotransmitter called gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) by binding to the GABA-receptor/chloride channel. Read more

Tranquilizers abuse–1: Benzodiazepines

Tranquilizers abuse–1: Benzodiazepines

Doctors prescribe tranquilizers to patients suffering from extreme fear, nervousness, worries, anxiety, tension and other associated mental disturbances. The most commonly prescribed tranquilizers include benzodiazepines, thioxanthenes, butyrophenones, phenothiazines, clozapine and rauwolfia alkaloids. Read more

Misusing prescription drugs is becoming a common affair among Americans

Misusing prescription drugs is becoming a common affair among Americans

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), with nearly 15 million people aged 12 years and above using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, it has become a growing concern in the United States. More than 6.5 million people above the age of 11 years used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in 2013. These drugs are misused and abused more often than any other drug, except marijuana and alcohol, adds SAMHSA. Read more