Dangers of combining prescription drugs with alcohol

Dangers of combining prescription drugs with alcohol

Many adults are administered prescription drugs for an illness at some point or the other in their lives. Often, doctors also warn the patients of the dangers of mixing such medications with alcohol. Unfortunately, some choose to be irresponsible and do not heed to the advice. Such patients could be putting themselves at risk for a number of alarming health complications.

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Drugging others with prescriptions without their knowledge

Drugging others with prescriptions without their knowledge

More and more young people have been statistically shown to prefer prescription drugs as their substance of choice, following the option of marijuana. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana accounts for about 36 percent of drug abuse amongst high school seniors and synthetic marijuana accounts for about 11 percent. Yet this is followed by medications such as Vicodin at 8 percent and Adderall at about 6 percent. Yet prescription drug abuse can come with many inherent dangers. There is also the danger a person could drug another person with prescription drugs against their will. Read more

Controlled chaos: the science of counterfeiting prescription drugs

Controlled chaos: the science of counterfeiting prescription drugs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10 to 30 percent of all prescription drugs sold in developing countries are counterfeit. According to Motherboard.com, manufacturing counterfeit drugs is cheap and easy, provided the counterfeiters can obtain the ingredients. Pfizer, the maker of Viagra—the most counterfeited prescription drug in the world—filed its patent for the erectile dysfunction medicine with the United States Patent Office. The document, known as a micrograph, is available for viewing by the general public. If anyone is in doubt as to how to synthesize the compounds, the steps are listed on Wikipedia. Read more

Combining prescription drugs with other medications

Combining prescription drugs with other medications

Unfortunately, those who misuse prescription drugs could be putting themselves and their health at great risk. Yet those who combine these substances with other medications, while perhaps not being fully aware of the dangers of combining more than one of them, could be in even greater danger. The risks related to poly drug abuse need to be taken seriously, whether the drugs involved are illicit, prescription or over the counter. Each adult patient can help themselves by being willing to be advocate for their own health on such matters. Read more

Adolescent specific treatment needs

Adolescent specific treatment needs

Being a teenager can mean first taking adult freedoms and responsibilities. Due to inexperience, rebelliousness or many other reasons, young people will not always make what many would consider the right choice. Adolescence is often defined most simply as being the transitional phase between childhood and adulthood. Yet the reality is that besides the obvious physical changes, there can be many awkward transitions in a psychological or emotional sense as well.

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Prescriptions drugs in US vs elsewhere

Prescriptions drugs in US vs elsewhere

The United States has been statistically shown to have a growing prescription drug problem nationwide. Yet perhaps unsurprisingly, these complications also apply to a number of other regions of the world as well. For example, prescription drug misuse is also widespread in Mexico and Canada, though not to the same degree as North America. Different prescription drugs are available in various areas of the world, depending on issues such as legality and cultural acceptance. A closer look at these differences could demonstrate a more comprehensive view of how humanity has coped with such social issues.

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