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Those dependent on prescription drugs, as well as concerned loved ones, should choose to seek out information to better understand the reality of such addictions. The Arizona Prescription Drug Addiction Helpline offers a blog to help educate the public about many associated concerns about prescription drug dependence. Here, readers can learn valuable information, such as how to assist in cases of an emergency overdose and warning signs to look for that could point to a problem with medications.


21 October
Consequences of opioid use during pregnancy
By Rachael

Consequences of opioid use during pregnancy

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted in 2010 found that 4.4 percent of pregnant women reported using opioids. Opioid use during pregnancy is associated with birth defects and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in newborns.

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15 October
Dangers of driving under the influence of prescription drugs
By Rachael

Dangers of driving under the influence of prescription drugs

Driving under the influence of drugs is a major public health concern in the United States and one of leading causes of traffic-related injury, disability and death. The prevalence of driving under the influence of drugs has risen dramatically in the past 20 years, which is partly attributed to the wide availability and accessibility of […]

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13 October
Naloxone for the prevention of opioid overdose
By Rachael

Naloxone for the prevention of opioid overdose

Opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths have both risen dramatically over the last 15 years, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are currently 1.8 million people with an opioid use disorder due to prescription pain medications and 44 people who die every day from prescription pain medication overdoses (CDC; Substance Abuse and […]

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08 October
The consequences of benzodiazepine misuse
By Rachael

The consequences of benzodiazepine misuse

Benzodiazepines are central nervous system (CNS) depressants that slow brain activity and produce relaxing and sedative effects. Benzodiazepines are widely prescribed for the treatment of short- and long-term relief of anxiety, panic attacks, acute stress, sleep problems, alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal symptoms, muscle spasms, seizures and depression and are effective for general anesthesia and sedation […]

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06 October
Long-term stimulant dependence reduces gray matter in women, but not men
By Rachael

Long-term stimulant dependence reduces gray matter in women, but not men

Women who develop stimulant dependence (i.e., cocaine, amphetamine and/or methamphetamine) have lower gray matter volume (GMV) in the frontal, limbic and temporal regions of the brain, according to a recently published study in the journal of Radiology.

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