An estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is more than the total number of people with heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Therefore, it is not surprising that the US Centers for Disease Control has observed a 10-fold increase in the volume of opioids...
Drug overdose is a serious and concerning matter. It’s not only the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the US, but it might also be a clear indicator of a bigger problem—drug addiction. Data regarding drug overdose in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and...
Most people’s only exposure to a drug or alcohol overdose has come through a dramatization on film or television. In actuality an overdose can range from barely detectable to shockingly dramatic. Recognizing the symptoms of overdose and knowing how to respond might mean the difference...
Prescription drugs are complex substances with a high potential for abuse. They can also cause damaging physical and psychological effects, especially when people do not understand the importance of following instructions exactly. You should follow your prescription guidelines to the...
According to a report issued by the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House, females become dependent on drugs faster and suffer the consequences sooner than their male counterparts. Risk factors may make females vulnerable to substance abuse and even drug overdose. The...
Opiates are drugs prescribed for pain, to control diarrhea and as a cough suppressant. They work in the central nervous system to limit how the body perceives pain, and they are controlled substances, meaning they are addictive and illegal to possess without a prescription. Seek...
A benzodiazepine overdose can be a dangerous and distressing situation. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs prescribed for their sedative-hypnotic, antianxiety, muscle relaxant and anticonvulsant effects. They are also prescribed in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal to minimize harmful...
Bullying occurs when individuals are picked on, teased or made fun of. These experiences often happen during an adolescent’s school years, when bullying is prevalent. Being bullied at this young of an age can deeply impact a person’s mental state to a point where he or she begins...
One of the most alarming misconceptions about prescription medications is that they are completely safe to take, regardless of how many pills are taken. The truth is that even the most benign over-the-counter headache relief pills can be dangerous and carry the potential for a drug...
There are many forms of trauma, such as rape, sexual abuse, neglect, natural disasters, war, accidents, terrorism, death of a loved one, terminal illness, being a victim of or witnessing a crime, abject poverty, domestic violence and more. Witnessing or experiencing trauma is horrific, so...
Greater understanding of addiction is needed, especially when it comes to misconceptions surrounding drug overdose. The international community, including organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization, wants to put an end to overdose stigmas and to use...
Although there are strong physical components to addiction, its real power lies in the way it alters a person’s psychological health. Many aspects of human behavior are controlled by the brain in subconscious ways. Emotional responses, appetite, impulse control and even memory are all...