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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.


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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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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08 June
Pill to kill - Part 1: Overprescribing painkillers creates a vicious cycle of addiction
By Rachael

Pill to kill – Part 1: Overprescribing painkillers creates a vicious cycle of addiction

Overtaking both car crashes and shooting incidents, deaths due to drug overdose has become a matter of concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than six out of ten drug overdoses are caused by prescription painkillers, which are popularly known as opioid or narcotic pain relievers. Being highly addictive, prescription […]

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17 April
Painkiller addiction in pregnant mothers
By Rachael

Painkiller addiction in pregnant mothers

The problem of painkiller addiction during pregnancy has become a major public health concern affecting a large number of women in the United States. The increased use of painkillers during pregnancy is often associated with adverse outcomes for both the mother and the child. In fact, even sudden withdrawal from opioids puts the fetus and […]

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08 February
Rise of prescription drugs – Part 1: From improper use to misuse
By Rachael

Rise of prescription drugs – Part 1: From improper use to misuse

The abuse of prescription drugs has surged tremendously in recent years in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 48 million individuals, who account for 20 percent of the American population aged 12 years or older, have used prescription drugs for non-medical purpose in their lifetime.

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