Out of all the prescription painkillers on the market, OxyContin is perhaps the most famous for abuse. With a time-release design of 12 hours, the drug was created so that patients with cases of serious chronic pain will not accidentally suffer an excruciating relapse when they do not take their pills promptly every four hours (WebMD, “OxyContin: Pain Relief vs. Abuse”). When abused, OxyContin becomes an extremely dangerous and addictive narcotic. Continue reading
Just like alcohol, many drugs hinder a person’s ability to drive safely. Driving while under the influence of a drug can be just as dangerous, if not more so, than driving while drunk. Drugged driving is a major public safety concern in the United States, with an estimated 18 percent of drivers killed on the road testing positive for at least one drug (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Before anyone considers driving after taking a drug, they should become aware of the risks they pose to themselves and everyone else on the road. Continue reading
Fentanyl is a powerful prescription painkiller known by the brand names Actiq, Duragesic and Sublimaze as well as a variety of street names, such as apache, goodfella, murder 8 and TNT (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Because of its strength, the drug is typically used to treat severe, short-term pain, such as after a surgery or to treat chronic pain in patients who are resistant to other opioids. Fentanyl is an extremely powerful drug that can cause serious harm if abused. Before taking fentanyl, it’s important to understand the dangers of using it for recreational or nonmedical purposes. Continue reading
Prescription drug abuse is the second-most common form of drug abuse in the nation. According to the 2010 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, about 2.4 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, with about 6,600 more starting every day. That trend might seem insurmountable, but change can occur at a grassroots level when everyone involved in the handling of prescription drugs does their part to ensure that medication is taken correctly.
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.