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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.


29 November
Walgreens: Committed to reversing opioid crisis by expanding safe disposal kiosks
By Rachael

Walgreens: Committed to reversing opioid crisis by expanding safe disposal kiosks

America’s largest drugstore chain, Walgreens announced the launch of its safe medication disposal kiosk program in February 2016 to combat the drug abuse crisis afflicting the United States—due to a gross misuse of overprescribed medications. This is the first ongoing effort of its kind by a retailer on a nation level.

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08 November
Increased risk of hip fractures in older patients linked to antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs
By Rachael

Increased risk of hip fractures in older patients linked to antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs

Prescribing medications for older patients presents its own set of challenges. Many medications need to be used with caution while suggesting them to the elderly because of age-related adjustments that affect pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) and pharmacodynamics (physiologic effects of the drug). Unfortunately, premarketing drug trials often do not include geriatric patients and […]

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17 October
Opioid epidemic lowering life expectancy in US
By Rachael

Opioid epidemic lowering life expectancy in US

Since the World War II, life expectancy in the United States had been looking up due to medical advances, public health campaigns, better nutrition and education. But in 2015, life expectancy suddenly slipped to where it was four years ago and thereby stalled a decade-long rising trend. It was an unexpected and unexplainable event as […]

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13 October
Experts look for effective ways to deal with worsening opioid epidemic
By Rachael

Experts look for effective ways to deal with worsening opioid epidemic

The drug problem of the United States has grown tremendously with increasing occurrences of opioid overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 91 Americans die every day from cases of drug overdose, including that of prescription opioids. According to the recently released 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) […]

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14 September
Study reveals disproportionate use of opioids for pain control post C-section deliveries
By Rachael

Study reveals disproportionate use of opioids for pain control post C-section deliveries

C-section surgery for child-birth is a common procedure nowadays, but it can be a daunting experience for first mothers. The fear of pain can cause immense stress and anxiety. New mothers hardly have any option in taking sufficient time to recover from the surgery, because they need to take care of their newborn as soon […]

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