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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.


26 February
Diversion of drugs escalating prescription drug abuse in young adults
By Rachael

Diversion of drugs escalating prescription drug abuse in young adults

Life was good for Caitlyn. Her only daughter had just started at her dream college doing what she always wanted to do since her childhood. Although she was now free to lead a peaceful retired life, it seemed that her fate had a different plan in store. Around six months later, she received a phone […]

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18 January
Short-term and extended-release medications effective in treating opioid addiction
By Rachael

Short-term and extended-release medications effective in treating opioid addiction

For long, drug addiction has been looked at as an immoral act caused by lack of willpower, courage and self-confidence. This thinking led to many believing in the abstinence-only model or jail term for drug-related offenses in the United States. On the contrary, the last decade has made living in the country tougher with almost […]

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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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