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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.


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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01 October
Dangers of opioid prescription abuse among adolescents
By Rachael

Dangers of opioid prescription abuse among adolescents

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of oxycodone (i.e., OxyContin) for pediatric patients aged 11 to 16 as an effective medication for the management of chronic and moderate-to-severe pain. There has been much controversy regarding the FDA’s decision to approve oxycodone for this age group. Children and adolescents affected by certain […]

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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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