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  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... providers. Recognize the Problem and Get Proactive at Home If you believe that your child might be abusing prescription stimulants, you'll want to look for some of the classic warning signs . Those include things like ... continue reading
  • Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . It has benefits with sleep disorders and reported, off-label utility ...

    ... lead to more severe effects. With long-term abuse or abuse that involves high doses of Adderall , the ... 18 to 28 years old get their hands on their prescription stimulants by means of their friends. More than 20% acquire ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... is stimulant abuse exactly? Stimulant misuse and abuse occurs when someone takes prescription drugs inappropriately (e.g., without a prescription) or when they use illicit stimulant drugs. 4, 5 Stimulants are abused for ... continue reading
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  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs

    Are Stimulants Harmful? Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In particular, many types of stimulant drugs are associated with ...

    ... be long-lasting in extreme cases, but any amount of stimulant abuse can cause damage to the user . From 2005 to 2011 ... Anti-anxiety medications and antipsychotics are other prescription options to help with any anxiety or ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... of high school students and 5% to 35% of college students misuse or abuse prescription stimulants . These statistics reveal that prescription stimulant misuse and abuse is common in the U.S. and that the number of people ... continue reading
  • Dextroamphetamine Abuse

    Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This substance is also known by specific brand names such as Dexedrine, ProCentra or Zenzedi. The ...

    ... school seniors than in previous years, from 69% in 2009 to 55.1% in 2014. Young people who abuse prescription stimulants are more likely to abuse other drugs. Prevention Prevention is essential in addressing the issue of ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Dexedrine Abuse

    How to Approach an Addict If you're worried about someone you love using Dexedrine, watch out for use of dextroamphetamine as other brand formulations like Adderall , ProCentra, and Zenzedi. If someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to ...

    ... Drug-Free Kids survey, 20% of college students reported abusing prescription stimulants at least one time, while 50% reported abusing prescription stimulants for the purposes of improving their performance in school 5 ... continue reading
  • Effects of Desoxyn Abuse

    Desoxyn is a prescription drug that is indicated to treat two conditions 1,2 : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 and older. Exogenous obesity (obesity due to overeating) in individuals 12 years old or older (on a ...

    ... is no evidence showing improvements in school when used by someone without ADHD. In fact, people that abuse prescription stimulants tend to have lower grades than people that do not 6 . Side Effects Desoxyn use can lead ... continue reading
  • Wellbutrin Abuse

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Zyban) is a drug that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and to help people stop smoking 1 . Doctors also frequently prescribe bupropion to ...

    ... well studied, bupropion appears capable of producing stimulant-like effects if taken in doses far higher than ... does occur. Many adolescents believe that abusing prescription medications is safer than experimenting with ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

    ... Health Services Administration found that 4 : Large numbers of college students were abusing prescription stimulants (as many as 20% in 2011). College students with ADHD were giving away or selling their medication ... continue reading
  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

    ... Adderall. Dexedrine. Vyvanse. Despite their status as legal, yet controlled prescription substances, they are also illicitly abused for their potent stimulant effects that are similar to those of cocaine. Through their ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

    ... these individuals were between the ages of 18 and 25 8 , highlighting the problem of prescription stimulant abuse among teens and young adults. While Adderall provides users with pleasurable short-term effects similar to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use

    Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra and a more recently approved ...

    ... at the time of the survey. The dangers of stimulant abuse are seen in a 2013 SAMHSA report , which shows that emergency room visits involving prescription stimulants increased from about 13,000 to more than 31,000 ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to ...

    ... disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to effectively ... 1-2 weeks 8 . However, those recovering from stimulant abuse may also experience a post-acute withdrawal syndrome ( also ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose

    Adderall - the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine - is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . When taken as prescribed, ...

    ... adults the most at-risk age group for prescription stimulant addiction. These numbers may continue to grow ... were over 31,000 emergency room visits due to abuse of stimulants like Adderall, which revealed a 196% increase ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... potential for abuse and dependence 3 . Schedule II is the highest cautionary classification given to prescription drugs, ... school and college students begin to abuse Vyvanse and other stimulants for this reason. However, ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... Abuse of the drug is common with students for two reasons: The first is because students use the medication as a study aid without a prescription ... when you get home. Addiction to stimulants such as Adderall may require a ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Adderall Use

    Is Adderall Harmful? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are suitable for ...

    ... Abuse When misused, it can cause feelings of boosted energy and intense invigoration-similar to the high experienced of illicit stimulants ... by prescription, it is recognized as a drug with a high potential for abuse, and ... continue reading
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  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... to anyone seeking it. There are several things to consider when selecting a treatment program for stimulant abuse or addiction: Do you prefer inpatient or outpatient care? Both program types will typically involve detox ... continue reading
  • Steroid Abuse

    Overview of Steroid Abuse Steroids are lifesavers in many situations. For example, corticosteroids open up the lungs to allow for increased breathing during asthma attacks. However, there are steroids that can be incredibly damaging to one's health ...

    ... Symptoms Anabolic steroids tend to be used by men in their 20s for bodybuilding purposes/muscle gain. Signs of abuse usually involve rapid lean muscle gain within a 10-week period. You might notice that your loved one is ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... can be especially problematic as the user is coping with the extreme mood swings brought on by the abuse itself. Suicide is a major risk factor for recovering steroid abusers 3 . Certain treatment facilities may also ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextroamphetamine Addict

    How to Approach an Addict If someone in your life is struggling with an addiction to dextroamphetamine, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions, such as fear, concern, anger, and frustration. You may be willing to try anything to get them into ...

    ... that include the drug, like Adderall and Dexedrine, produce pleasurable stimulant or “upper” effects that may reinforce continued abuse, such as: Increased energy. Heightened alertness. Increased self-confidence and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Steroid Addict

    Help for Steroids Addicts People who are addicted to steroids may need professional help to stop taking the drug. While the dependency that develops may be different from other, more commonly abused substances, anabolic steroids can indeed be ...

    ... Do your best to learn how the drug affects the body and what may have led your loved one to abuse steroids. Express understanding and genuine concern for their health. Make it clear that you will support them in getting ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... that they are not addictive because they do not create a euphoric feeling commonly found in other drugs of abuse . Addiction to AAS is shown in spending excessive amounts of money and efforts to acquire, hide, and use ... continue reading
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  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... or at doses higher than those prescribed by a doctor. As a group, prescription stimulants are very popular drugs of abuse. Some people abuse these medications as so-called study drugs to boost academic performance by ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... vigilance-related disorders. Common prescription stimulants include: Adderall (Amphetamine) Concerta (Methylphenidate) Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) Ritalin (Methylphenidate) Abused Medications by Classification While ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... 16 and 19 — mostly pre-college age. Adderall is the most misused stimulant drug among males. Prescription diet pills were the most abused stimulant drugs among females. Adolescents between the ages 13 and 14 were just as ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... people know the truth about these so called “study drugs.” If you or someone you know is abusing prescription stimulants in hopes of boosting your grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the books ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... Painkiller Percocet Phenobarbital Prescription Stimulants Ritalin Roxicodone Soma ... is like. No matter the reason, drug use can quickly become drug abuse , which eventually leads to a chemical dependency to the drug. This ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... Meth Mushrooms MXE PCP Peyote Steroids Stimulants How much do you know about some of the most commonly abused drugs? Learn the signs and symptoms now. Prescription Drugs ACTIQ Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Amphetamines ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... , teens' perception of the risks involved with misuse of prescription stimulants indicates they are less concerned with risks involved. Substance Abuse Treatment According to SAMHSA, in 2009 approximately 23.5 million ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States In America, drug policy involves the laws that control the distribution and use of both prescription and illicit drugs. From the classification of drugs according to their potential for abuse to the legalization or ...

    ... . Examples include heroin and ecstasy. Schedule II Drugs: Include prescription narcotics and stimulants. Have a high potential for abuse and dependency. Examples include OxyContin, methadone, and Ritalin. Schedule ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... , with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited therapeutic use and is ... loss. The drug also tends to increase libido, leading to abuse of the drug for that purpose alone. It's safe to ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

    Anyone at risk for alcohol or Adderall abuse should know several facts about both drugs. Both drugs are fairly common, and both can be lethal if used in conjunction or in large amounts separately. Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it is a ...

    ... systems. Statistics for Alcohol and Adderall The usage of prescription drugs is rising in the United States, with college students more likely to abuse stimulants such as Adderall than other groups. This is a troubling ... continue reading
  • Meth Abuse

    Summary Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant often abused for the euphoric “high” it provides. Some signs of abuse include frequent paranoia, agitation, sweating, insomnia, skin changes, weight loss, and more. Abusing this powerfully addictive ...

    ... similar to cocaine and prescription stimulants like methylphenidate (Ritalin). Pharmaceutical ... kg ( 8,800 lbs ) of methamphetamine in 2013. Teen Meth Abuse What does meth look and smell like? You may be concerned that ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Information and How Substance Abuse Starts

    Substance Abuse: An Introduction From prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to street drugs and alcohol, virtually any drug can be abused. While illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine are abused any time they are used, prescription ...

    ... , roughly 45% of the visits involved drug abuse. The majority of the visits were due to the nonmedical use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs , including stimulants, opiates, and dietary supplements. Of illegal ... continue reading
  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... for abuse and dependency. Recognizing a Problem If you're using Adderall without a prescription, ... have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not isolated to campus life. ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body, and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... 8 shocking statistics about drug and alcohol abuse. 1. Those who abuse prescription opioids are 40% more likely to ... stroke and doesn't only affect those who use the stimulant long-term. Whether it's your first, fifth, or ... continue reading
  • Zolpidem Abuse

    Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic agent found in many prescription sleep aid drugs used to treat insomnia 1 . The most widely known brand name formulation of zolpidem in the U.S. is Ambien. Its pharmacological effects often lead the user to ...

    ... a rush of euphoria and a stimulant-like high 5 . Effects of Zolpidem Abuse Zolpidem's negative health effects ... only available by prescription, but many younger people acquire the drug through prescription diversion from ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... meth has outgrown the number of deaths from prescription painkillers. In Minnesota, 11,600 individuals were admitted ... speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. It causes destructive long-term effects including skin ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... abuse and addiction among developing and developed countries alike. The Spread of Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription ... dose of 75 mg. It acts as a stimulant, but recreational users are quick to point out that ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... 14.7 percent used tranquilizers, 6.4 percent used stimulants and 6.9 percent used sedatives. Of this 119 million ... So, what does this all mean? The abuse of prescription drugs has become an epidemic in this country and ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or antianxiety medications. A physician must prescribe barbiturates; otherwise, their use is considered illicit. Among their limited uses, barbiturates are used to ...

    ... even stimulants, the risk is even higher. Barbiturate Abuse Some people abuse barbiturates because ... admitted to abusing prescription medications, and about 5% of these admitted to having access to or to abusing sedatives ... continue reading
  • Substance Abuse FAQs

    What is addiction? There are a plethora of definitions for addiction, but all encompass the concept of a strong compulsion to engage in a behavior that has no real survival benefit in today's age , acquired from prior positive experience engaging in ...

    ... the central nervous system becomes hyperactive. For stimulants, such as cocaine, depression is common ... disorder may be appropriate . Unfortunately, abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) is the fastest growing ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... same way as heroin, one might argue that they are equally addictive, especially since they are the most abused prescription drugs in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 3 ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

    Prescription opioids are medications to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, an injury, or specific medical conditions such as cancer. 1 Prescription opioids have become increasingly accepted as treatment for other types of chronic pain, ...

    ... Hydromorphone (Dilaudid). Meperidine (Demerol). Morphine. Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet). What is Prescription Opioid Abuse? Prescription opioid abuse can occur whenever these drugs are taken differently than intended ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... a nation, we lose billions of dollars every year due to opioid abuse and the results of overdose. In 2007, it was estimated that prescription opioid abuse cost the U.S. an estimated 55 billion dollars in premature death ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Prevention

    Many teens give in to peer pressure because they want to feel accepted and liked by their peers. While this is a natural tendency among many young people, there are preventative measures parents can take to help protect against teen drug abuse . ...

    ... The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) is a national movement to raise awareness about the extreme dangers of prescription opioid abuse. AMCC has put forward a 5-step challenge to help families combat painkiller ... continue reading
  • Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is the generic name for Valium . It is one of many benzodiazepine substances that all affect the central nervous system (CNS) by amplifying the depressant effects of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, to subsequently decrease brain ...

    ... a problem and intervene early. You can also take the following practical steps to prevent abuse. Keeping valid diazepam prescriptions in a safe, locked place. Take care to track and monitor usage to notice missing ... continue reading
  • Lorazepam Abuse

    Lorazepam (brand name: Ativan) is a benzodiazepine drug that is often prescribed to manage a range of anxiety disorders and related issues. This drug is not typically indicated for long-term use—many practitioners will limit prescriptions to ...

    ... of anxiety. Although parents might not expect teens to have problems with lorazepam and other prescription drugs, abuse of lorazepam continues to be a problem among teenagers. Teenagers can easily access these drugs ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... As for alcohol, in 2020 there were 138.5 million current alcohol drinkers aged 12 and older—50.0% of the population. 1 Prescription Drug Abuse While street drugs are known to be dangerous, such as heroin and crystal meth ... continue reading
  • Alprazolam Abuse

    What Is Alprazolam? Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine substance better known by its brand name, Xanax . All benzodiazepines are depressant medications that slow down a user's body and mind, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. ...

    ... drug, even by those who begin taking it with a legitimate prescription. Alprazolam abuse can take an enormous toll. Learn the real effects of alprazolam abuse and addiction. Signs and Symptoms When taken as directed, the ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... a range of addictions to various substances. There are recovery programs for prescription drug abuse and addiction to street drugs. Drug abuse help to stop smoking marijuana or using mushrooms and peyote has more of ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates - such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin - are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... drugs , according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Rise of Prescription Opiate Abuse Prescription opiate abuse has become one of the biggest health problems in the United States today. Consider ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... to its cheaper price and accessibility. In fact, one study found that 80% of new heroin users had abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin. 4 What Happens if I Suddenly Stop Using Opioids? If you misuse opioid ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a schedule II prescription ...

    ... in the Journal of Adolescent Health lists factors that could put teens at higher risk of abusing prescription medications: Conflict with family members. Living in a single-parent household. Frequent moves between homes ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ...

    ... , e.g., via snorting or injecting it. Take the medication recreationally without a prescription/take someone else's prescription. Many think you cannot abuse a medication if it's been prescribed to you, but this is not ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... heroin at alarming rates. ? It's extremely important to talk to your teen about the dangers of prescription opiate abuse before it's too late. Resources, Articles and More Information For more information, please see the ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... that the odds of eventual heroin use were 3.5 times as likely for those who had (illicitly) abused prescription painkillers compared to those who hadn't (Robertson, 2010). If you are suffering or you're worried about ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse

    What Is Morphine? Morphine is the primary chemical component in opium. It is an opioid analgesic drug that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of ...

    ... due to accidental drug overdose has been driven by an increased use of drugs like morphine . Prescription opiate abuse has affected a huge portion of our population: For every unintentional overdose death related to an ... continue reading
  • Klonopin Abuse

    An Introduction to Klonopin Klonopin is a prescription sedative medication useful as an anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant drug. Doctors prescribe Klonopin to control or prevent seizures and reduce anxiety from panic attacks. Also known as clonazepam, ...

    ... , it's essential to stress to your teen the dangers of prescription drug abuse and that the legal status of a prescription drug does not make it less addictive or dangerous than an illegal drug. Resources, Articles and ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... school seniors reported using opioid painkillers such as Opana for nonmedical reasons (NIH, 2015). Teen prescription painkiller abuse is extremely risky and puts teens at future risk of heroin use. In fact, according to ... continue reading
  • Ambien Abuse

    What Is Ambien? Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem tartrate , a sedative drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Other brand name formulations containing zolpidem include: Edluar - a sublingual ...

    ... needs. Call today to receive more information on treatment options that are right for you. Teen Ambien Abuse The number of prescriptions for anti-anxiety and sleep medications has risen in the past decade, and the ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

    DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration 1 . DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in ...

    ... While hallucinogen use is not nearly as common among teens as alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse, DMT is a still a drug that may be abused by youth. The 2016 Monitoring the Future survey reported that 4.2% of ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... of them, were essentially overdosing on Ambien?” Effects of Other Drugs Naturally, Ambien isn't the only prescription medication that affects women differently than it affects men. Let's take a look at three other common ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. ... risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... the Chicago Tribune that cannabis helped her overcome a substance abuse issue. She'd become dependent on several of the 18 different prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... are more likely to call in sick to work or fail to take care of daily chores. Those who are abusing prescription drugs may have periods of time that they can't remember, called blackouts. If you can't remember events ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... really even likely to stop and read the label? Experts say yes. However, the problem isn't reading prescription labels, per se, it's understanding them . A 2004 report from the Institute of Medicine estimated that 90 ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal ... crushed. Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in these ways has caused many deaths 3. ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... opioid use disorders, frequency of use and related deaths has actually increased. Non-Medical Abuse vs Prescription Abuse Between 2003 and 2013, the proportion of people illicitly using opiate painkillers The rate of ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such as ...

    ... Free America revealed that 1 in 10 American teenagers abused prescription pain medications to get high in the last year, and that roughly 6% of those teenagers had abused them within 30 days prior to taking the survey ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... the drug, is sought illicitly under the names 2 : D. Footballs. Dust. Juice. Smack. Dillies. Abuse of prescription narcotics like hydromorphone has grown to epidemic proportions in the United States. Consider that 2,4 : ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... over 11 million people ages 12 and up misused prescription pain medications in the past year, including an estimated ... . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead to tolerance. 2, ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... 1.1% of adolescents. 1 According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's 2018 Monitoring the Future Study: 7 4.2% of 12th graders reported using any prescription drug in the past month. 1.1% of 12th graders reported ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... dated singer Kurt Cobain and has always been around the drug scene. She is known to abuse heroin , cocaine , and prescription drugs , likely accounting for her 1995 crash intro into a music awards show while Kurt Loder ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... your teeth and surrounding oral tissues. Generally speaking, people who abuse illegal drugs are more prone to oral health issues. The use of both prescription and illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Zolpidem Abuse

    Is Zolpidem Harmful? Zolpidem is a hypnotic, or sleep-promoting substance, found in some prescription insomnia medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien 1 . As a sedative-hypnotic substance, zolpidem can impart a sense of euphoria and ...

    ... depressants like alcohol , benzodiazepines , or prescription painkillers 2 . Can You Overdose On ... slowed or shallow breathing 1 . Long-Term Effects of Abusing Zolpidem When taken over long periods of time, zolpidem's ... continue reading
  • Librium Abuse

    Librium, which is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide, is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of controlled substances called benzodiazepines . It is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, meaning it slow down brain activity. ...

    ... treatment for benzodiazepine addiction 10 . Teen Abuse Teenagers often have access to prescription medications in their home medicine cabinets. Many families have a prescription for Librium or other benzodiazepines, and ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... 11 How to Identify a Co-occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for a number of reasons, ... common anxiety medications are benzodiazepines. Stimulants . These are primarily used to ... continue reading
  • Valium Abuse

    What Is Valium? Valium is a benzodiazepine prescribed by medical doctors and psychiatrists to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Historically, Valium has been a popular pharmaceutical agent-widely used for its muscle relaxant, anti-convulsant, and ...

    ... general feeling of relaxation that Valium induces is what has made it one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the sedative or tranquilizer category. Another factor is the availability of the substance. In ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines . Clonazepam is known also by the brand name Klonopin . It is the third most prescribed ...

    ... for clonazepam were written in the US in 2011. Benzodiazepines like clonazepam are a very commonly abused class of prescription drugs. Often, people who consume these drugs do so in combination with other drugs or ... continue reading
  • Ativan Abuse

    Many people in the U.S. struggle with compulsive prescription medication use. Benzodiazepines—including Ativan—are some of the more frequently abused prescription drugs out there. While recovery from benzodiazepines can be tough, it is possible. ...

    ... slowing down various processes throughout the body. What Is Ativan Abuse? Ativan abuse is characterized by: Taking the drug without a prescription. Use of Ativan in higher doses or higher frequencies than prescribed ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... . Almost 5% of adults between 18 and 25 years old used prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed. Knowing the warning signs of abuse creates a better opportunity to address the problem. Concerned about someone you ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... similar but are usually accompanied by dilated pupils, watery eyes, diarrhea and panic. Drug abuse signs for prescription drugs are accompanied by depression and often psychotic episodes. If you or someone you know ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine . It's typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawa l. It can be given to people to facilitate detox, withdrawal and the early stages of opioid abuse recovery, as well as be used ...

    ... and Symptoms Generally, signs of Suboxone abuse involve: Random packages appearing at one's home or work. Running out of the medication before the intended prescription schedule. Unusual behavior. Strained relationships ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” than it is an indicator of possible alcohol abuse. Contrary to popular opinion, it's also not as easy as “just stopping” for many people. Psychological dependence ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    What Is Alcohol Abuse? Those who abuse or misuse alcohol are not necessarily addicted to or dependent on alcohol. An individual can misuse alcohol without drinking on a consistent basis. For example, an individual who abuses alcohol may only drink ...

    ... the list of drugs used by teenagers, per the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In fact, more than 8% of 8 th graders, 18% of ... 18 Many people combine alcohol use with a prescription or illicit drugs. This can have dangerous ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... of professionals such as surgeons, pharmacists and social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not patients have a strong support system, in order to determine whether ... continue reading
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

    How do I know if I need help? Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you're addicted to a substance, and you may be wondering if you need professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use ...

    ... research on the services that each one provides. Below are the qualities that the best drug abuse treatment facilities will possess: Qualifications : It's pertinent that the addiction treatment center you choose requires ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Diazepam Abuse

    Diazepam is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed under the brand name Valium. This substance depresses the central nervous system (CNS) to manage 1,2 : Anxiety. Muscle spasms. Seizures. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Is Diazepam Harmful? Despite ...

    ... is used with the intention of getting high. Unfortunately, abuse of the drug is all too common. Consider that 2 ... as 3 : Alcohol or alcoholic beverages . Prescription painkillers . Barbiturates . Certain cold or cough ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... 4 : About 6.5 million people were currently abusing a prescription medication. Of the 6.5 million, 4.3 million (66%) were currently abusing painkillers. Is Hydromorphone Harmful? Like other opioids, hydromorphone can ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Hotline to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll-free and confidential, so ...

    Hotline to Call For help with any of these commonly abused drugs, or for drug abuse or addiction of any kind, call our Drug Abuse Helpline at . We offer support, counseling and referral services 24/7. All calls are toll- ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... signals a weaker immune system) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that ... people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse and HIV infection. The goal of this community-level ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... positive benefits 6,7 . Side Effects People that use and abuse ACTIQ are at risk of many unwanted side effects, even if ... supervised detoxification 9 . For someone with a prescription for ACTIQ, they may be given another ... continue reading
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