Young adults and teens with poor body image have an increased tendency to use drugs, as compared to their peers. To address the rising problem of prescription drug use among weight-conscious youngsters, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, had urged health educators in schools and other health care professionals to focus not only on healthy weight management practices, but also on providing the right message regarding substance abuse in a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in February 2017. Continue reading
Most Americans boast of their spirit of resilience, which makes them brave enough to bounce back from any situation. The same may not hold true for opioids. People are getting more careful while using opioids would be an understatement considering the figures provided by several federal agencies.
Prescription opioids were first introduced to treat pain stemming from grievous wounds or that resulted from surgeries. While opioids do help in relieving pain, constant use increases tolerance level of the persons resulting in increased potential for abuse. Now, a group of researchers has raised questions about the validity of opioids for healing purposes, thus refuting the sole purpose for which opioids were first discovered and licensed for medical prescription. Continue reading
Abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise in America, with an estimated 2.1 million abusers in the United States reported in 2012 (National Institute of Drug Abuse). If that figure isn’t bad enough, experts are becoming aware of a growing trend linking prescription drug abuse to heroin use. It seems that more and more prescription drug addicts are also becoming addicted to heroin at the same time. This threat of a double addiction poses an increased health and safety risk for anyone who starts abusing prescription medication.
Prescription drug addiction has become an epidemic in the United States. According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, deaths resulting from the abuse of prescription drugs are greater than those caused by heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine combined. But that doesn’t mean that all prescription drug addicts are doomed. There are many treatment options available to help addicts get the help they need to return to the path of sobriety.
The terms “drug dependence” and “drug addiction” are often confused as synonyms for the same concept. In fact, they describe two very different conditions. A person who is dependent on a drug is not necessarily addicted to that drug, and vice versa. When people take prescription drugs, it is important to understand the difference to ensure that they are maintaining a healthy relationship with their medication. Continue reading