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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.


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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30 June
Combining opioids with antianxiety medicines spike incidents of overdose
By Rachael

Combining opioids with antianxiety medicines spike incidents of overdose

Based on a number of reviews and studies, many medical practitioners and experts have been warning of the dangerous repercussions of combining different types of drugs, such as sleeping medicines or antianxiety medications with prescription opioids. Of the several side effects of mixing two or more types of drugs, there is a high risk of […]

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29 December
Dangers of antidepressant drug abuse
By Rachael

Dangers of antidepressant drug abuse

Antidepressants are powerful prescription drugs used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders (Harvard Medical School, “What are the real risks of antidepressants?”). Antidepressants are known by a number of brand names, such as Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft, Effexor and Remeron.

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