Whether it was expected or not, losing a loved one to an overdose can be the most traumatic experience you face. It is normal not to know what to do with yourself after losing a loved one to addiction, but it is important to learn how to cope with loss rather than letting it fester. Ways...
Accidental drug overdose is an unfortunate but preventable problem. One of the best ways to prevent drug overdose is by educating people about the drugs they have been prescribed before they begin taking the medication. By knowing how a given medication interacts with the body’s...
Dissociation is a psychological phenomenon that involves detachment from reality (though not a complete absence from reality as in psychosis) and occurs on a continuum of varying degrees of severity. The low end of the dissociation continuum includes experiences that everyone has...
In a presentation to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs in 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that drug overdoses are now the second leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. Other findings from the CDC include the following...
There are many factors that contribute to substance abuse. Any instance where drugs are abused causes concern for overdose. An overdose is the condition of taking excessive amounts of a drug or substance that the body is unable to handle; it is as if the body is being poisoned with an...
A physician can face criminal charges due to the drug overdose death of a patient, as seen in Florida where recent legislation seeks to impose tougher penalties on physicians. While the threat of legal action makes many physicians think twice before prescribing pain medication, criminal...
Breakthrough pain comes on suddenly and is unmanageable through normal methods of treatment. This kind of pain has a few different causes, all leading to a person having problems feeling relief. Types of Breakthrough Pain Breakthrough pain develops through any of the following...
There is a close, and often tragic, relationship between overdose and relapse. Many celebrity overdoses following rehab have been covered by the media. What is it about the recovery process and relapse that increases the chances of overdose? What Is an Overdose? Technically speaking, an...
Self-medication is a common issue and can be more dangerous than most people realize. Though an individual may have a rudimentary knowledge of the medicine he is taking, many consumers do not do enough research to understand all of the risks of adjusting their drug dosages without...
Sleeping pills have been the common denominator for many recent overdoses, not only in Hollywood, but also across the country. The demand for the drug speaks to how much people are looking to fall asleep and stay asleep, to get into a more relaxed state or to feed an addiction problem....
Over-the-counter drug abuse occurs often and can be accidental or intentional. Since over-the-counter products are legal and easy to find, their risk potential may seem minimal. Individuals often use over-the-counter products to self-medicate physical or emotional pain or to achieve a...
Commonly seen at convenient stores, mini-marts and gas stations across the country, bath salts are the popular new drug being abused by many. Marketed as a cleansing product, bath salts are labeled “not for human consumption,” but this is exactly what they are being used for. The main...