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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 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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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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29 September
Stimulant abuse among adolescent ADHD patients
By Rachael

Stimulant abuse among adolescent ADHD patients

A growing number of young adults, high school students and college students diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have reported taking their medication recreationally to enhance cognition as well as their performances in school. Abuse of ADHD medication such as Adderall or Ritalin may be recognized by changes in behavior, isolation or secrecy and long […]

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