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November 24, 2015

Xanax is one of many prescription drugs that are seriously underestimated as regards their potency and dangerousness.  In fact, few individuals understand that prescription drugs can be as dangerous, and sometimes even more dangerous, than illicit drug substances.  This may largely be true because prescription drugs have been FDA-approved and doctor recommended for the treatment of specific medical conditions, making them appear to be safe and harmless.  And while the responsibility to instruct patients on the risks of these medical drugs does rest partially on the shoulders of the doctors who prescribe them, the patients themselves also have a responsibility to understand what they are taking and how it can affect them.  Especially when these drugs have the potential to cause serious harm to self and others.

Driving Under the Influence

Most people feel that a DUI has to do with an individual driving while impaired by alcohol.  It’s true that alcohol does pose a great risk for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other motorists, but other drug substances can pose many of the same risks.  In many states across the country, marijuana became a leading cause behind DUI’s, and both Colorado and Washington spent millions of dollars on commercials that warned residents that driving high would lead to a DUI.  That said, the prescription drug Xanax has now surpassed

November 17, 2015

There is a growing concern over the opiate dependency medication methadone. The drug is used to treat individuals suffering from an opiate addiction. A recent ruling has been established that will allow physicians to prescribe methadone to patients with absolutely no specialized training or education. The ruling has been delivered as a result of the astounding problem the nation is having with prescription opiate abuse and heroin addiction. This problem has grown to a catastrophic disaster. Several parts of the country are dealing with a problem that is the worst in our history as a nation. Parts of Indiana, like Scott Country, have witnessed the worst outbreak of contractible diseases like HIV and hepatitis. Misuse of methadone can have devastating effects, which is why individuals are severely concerned with the lack of training, physicians who can now prescribe, methadone have.

Methadone Treatment and Physicians

Methadone treatment accounts for a very small percentage of opioid prescriptions, but is responsible for a third of all opioid related overdose deaths. Currently Narcotics Addict Treatment Act limits physicians to 30 patients in the first year of Suboxone treatment. After that year the physicians are able to treat 100 patients. Many believe these numbers to be too large because methadone/Suboxone patients are not normal patients. These individuals need subst

November 9, 2015

Alcohol is conceivably the most insidious drug substance currently in existence.  It is both legal and socially acceptable to consume this drug substance, but it is arguably the most dangerous drug substance currently available.  Few individuals believe that alcohol use problems could ever affect them, but the truth is that they may only consider full-blown alcohol addiction to be a problem, without understanding that alcohol abuse is also harmful.  It is therefore very important for individuals to understand the differences between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction, and why both conditions are dangerous.

Alcohol Abuse versus Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol abuse is primarily identified as a pattern of behavior, whereas alcohol addiction is a compulsion over which the individual truly feels they have no control.  An individual who is suffering from alcohol abuse is often aware of the fact that they have a problem with alcohol consumption, whereas an individual who is suffering from alcohol addiction may be so entirely driven to continue their alcohol consumption that they are unaware that they actually have a problem for which they need help.  The alcohol abuser can reduce or eliminate their alcohol consumption for long periods of time fairly safely, while the alcohol addict has become dependent upon this drug substance and will actually experience extremely uncomfort

October 30, 2015

Prescription opioids, like their illicit counterparts, are among the most dangerous, potent and addictive drug substances currently in existence.  These drug substances quickly enter the individual’s body and make their way to the brain, blocking opioid receptors that communicate pain and stimulating the reward and pleasure centers in the brain.  This means that individuals who take opioids not only experience much-desired pain relief, they also experience a euphoric high that can be quite tempting to re-create as soon as it fades away.  It is their rapid entry into and influence on the brain that makes these drugs so incredibly addictive, and some individuals have even discovered that a single dose of an opioid drug has them hooked on that drug. Perhaps due to the fact that the public views these substances as “safe” since they are FDA-approved and doctor-recommended for use, prescription opioid use has soared in recent years.  Unfortunately, so has prescription opioid abuse, addiction and overdoses.  In fact, prescription opioid addiction problems has become nothing short of epidemic in nature, creating a public health crisis that affects every community in every state of the country.  Worse still, it creates a financial strain for healthcare providers and financers.

The Ramifications of Opioid Addiction

Many individuals who are suffering from the effects

October 28, 2015

Most people would not find it surprising to hear that emergency room doctors have incredibly intense jobs.  All day and every day they come face-to-face with individuals who are struggling with life and death situations and they have to be able to make split-second decisions about what these individuals need.  And while there is absolutely no doubt that ER doctors have incredibly important roles to play in helping to save an individual’s life, the fact of the matter is that they are essentially just patching a hole–staving off death for long enough that the individual can take the actions necessary to improve their life.  In order for the individual to truly, fully and permanently recover, they would have to continue receiving medical care as well as address the underlying condition that drove them into the emergency room in the first place.  Unfortunately, very few emergency room patients actually seek out further medical care, and quite of few of them seek out “easy” solutions that can cause them far more trouble in the long run.

Enabling Prescription Abuse

An emergency room physician’s job is to stabilize a patient so that they are no longer in immediate danger of losing their life.  How they do this is left to their own discretion, and depends largely upon the situation at hand.  The fact is that it is simply not part of their job to consider all the

May 10, 2013

meth abuseThe Food and Drug Administration believe they are close to finding a “cure” for methamphetamine addiction with a new drug called Ibudilast, or MN-166. The substance, which is still being tested is said to lessen cravings and improve effective treatment functioning.  In simple terms, this means that when your brain is telling you that your body needs more meth, Ibudilast can supposedly block this message. The substance was actually developed in 1989 in Japan, to treat post-stroke complications as well as asthma. It was also licensed in 2004 as a potential treatment to multiple sclerosis. It is one of the first said ‘cures’ for meth addiction although various drugs have been touted as ‘cures’ for thing like cocaine addiction [The Cocaine Vaccine] and opiate addiction [the replacement drug theory of Suboxone and Methadone]. Methamphetamine, abused by nearly 800,000 people every year is a stimulant drug that has produced disastrous consequences. Along with addiction, meth lab dangers with human injury and death, addicts committing crimes to get and use the drug and other environmental dangers of the ‘homemade’ subs

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April 15, 2013

alcohol use downAlcohol use may be illegal for those under age twenty-one, but that doesn’t seem to stop underage drinking.  In fact, approximately eleven percent of the alcohol used in the United States is consumed by those between the ages of twelve and twenty.  What does this mean for the future health of the upcoming generation, mentally and physically? A Look At The Issue In New Jersey New Jersey is tackling widespread alcohol abuse with vigor, as drug-related problems rise to startling levels.  Authorities report patients between Thursdays and Sundays increasingly being admitted for alcohol-related issues.  Some experts estimate that fifty percent of the patients in trauma centers are there because of drug and alcohol abuse resulting in illness, injury and overdose. The New Jersey Prevention Network has taken action to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, including town hall meetings that encourage public discussions.  New Jersey’s “911 Lifeline Legislation”, passed in 2009, enables minors to call 911 for an alcohol-related injury or overdose and remain exempt from prosecution.  The law grants

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April 15, 2013

alcohol memory lossCan memory issues contribute to alcohol problems?  Psychologists at Indiana University set out to explore the relationship between alcoholism, working memory issues and impulsivity. What Is “Working Memory Capacity” (WMC)? Psychologists use the term “working memory” to describe a person’s ability to juggle several thoughts at the same time.  When your mind wanders during an activity, your ability to return to the task at hand and retain pertinent information is your working memory. For example, let’s say you are grocery shopping with a few staples in mind–milk, eggs, bread.  At some point during this task, your phone goes off.  You read a text and send a reply.  You adjust your hair.  You take your child to the bathroom.  You hum a tune and envision your future trip to the Bahamas.  Your ability to juggle all these thoughts and return to your mental grocery list is your working memory.  Think of it as a mental workspace. Working Memory And Alcohol Abuse Rachel L. Gunn and Peter R. Finn of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indi

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April 8, 2013

Thoughtful man in the living roomThe Zombie Apocalypse may actually be here–but not in the way you might think.  Gaunt, mindless people with nothing but hunger in their eyes is a very real result of drug abuse.  The irony of this story is that the victims begin their transformation willingly, blissfully unaware of the consequences.  Drug addiction takes over in a powerful way, consuming users until their lives are in shambles.  And it happens faster than they can imagine. The Physical Impact Of Addiction Drug abuse affects the body in different ways, and each drug varies in its side effects.  There is, however, one thing in common with every drug: addiction. Addiction is defined as anything that one cannot control, that causes a compulsion to consume more, no matter the cost.  It can be a physical, emotional and mental change.  When it comes to drugs, there are a number of signs of addiction: •    The user may experience withdrawal when he tries to stop using the substance.  Withdrawal symptoms mirror that of a cold or flu–fever, chills, body aches, headaches, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, and so o

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April 1, 2013

anesthesia abuseThe drug ‘Propofol,’ used to treat sleep disorders and as a general anesthetic, is being abused more and more frequently these days, especially among health care professionals.  While it may drown out anxiety and induce sleep, it has a rapid downhill course and carries dangerous consequences. Milk Of Amnesia Propofol is a hypnotic, meaning it is used to induce sleep and as a general anesthetic.  It is administered intravenously and is fast-acting with a quick recovery time.  It has fewer side effects than other anesthetics. When used to treat sleep disorders, it is extremely habit-forming, which is why doctors prescribe it only for the shortest amount of time possible.  Though its use is not widespread on the street, health care professionals like physicians, nurses and dentists are abusing their easy access to the drug to fuel their addictions–with devastating consequences. In October of 2009, a drug called fospropofol, which is converted into propofol in the liver, was placed on the list of controlled substances as a Schedule IV drug (meaning it has a high potential for abuse and ad

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