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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.


28 July
States adopt improved versions of PDMP to check prescription drug abuse
By Rachael

States adopt improved versions of PDMP to check prescription drug abuse

The abuse of prescription drugs in the United States has been growing by leaps and bounds and according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 4.3 million Americans were engaged in non-medical use of prescription painkillers in the previous month and that 1.9 million met the criteria for prescription painkillers use, […]

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19 July
The culprits behind prescription drug epidemic
By Rachael

The culprits behind prescription drug epidemic

Already classified as a risk factor far more dangerous than car accidents, prescription drug abuse has emerged as an epidemic for the American population, particularly. Due to the widespread practice of self-medication, the nonmedical use and abuse of prescription drugs has burgeoned as a major public health concern. One can comprehend the extensive prevalence of […]

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12 July
Better infrastructure and adequate training could reverse spike in opioid abuse
By Rachael

Better infrastructure and adequate training could reverse spike in opioid abuse

Opioids are generally prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. They include drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine and fentanyl, as well as illicit substances like heroin. These medications can produce a sense of well-being and pleasure because they stimulate certain regions of the brain that involve the reward system. […]

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03 July
Lending a helping hand - Part 3: Treating a Ritalin-dependent person
By Rachael

Lending a helping hand – Part 3: Treating a Ritalin-dependent person

Considered to be a poor man’s cocaine, Ritalin, brand name of methylphenidate, is an amphetamine-like prescription stimulant used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. Ritalin, which was for the first time synthesized in 1944, is a cheap drug that can be easily accessed. Unfortunately, it is also one of the […]

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