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

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

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