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Prescription Drug Abuse - Painkiller Addiction - Other Medicine Misuse

Information about preventing prescription drug abuse, painkiller addiction, pain medication abuse, and other medicine misuse. Prescription drugs enable individuals living with arthritis to control their pain and symptoms. Most who take prescription drugs use them properly. Misuse of prescription drugs can lead to abuse, addiction, and other serious problems.
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Prescription Drug Abuse - Preventing Abuse Of Prescription Drugs And Pain ...
Although most use medicine as directed, abuse of and addiction to prescription drugs and pain medications are public health problems for many Americans. However, addiction rarely occurs among those who use medicine as prescribed. The risk for addiction exists when drugs are used in ways other than as prescribed.

Facts About Analgesics (Painkillers)
Analgesic medications are commonly referred to as painkillers. There are narcotic and non-narcotic painkillers.

When Are Pain Medications Appropriate for Arthritis Patients?
Are pain medications appropriate to treat chronic pain associated with arthritis?

Prescription Drug Abuse: An Epidemic?
According to a study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, over 15 million Americans admit to abusing prescription drugs.

10 Warning Signs Of Prescription Painkiller Dependency
Many Americans rely on prescription painkillers to relieve pain from various ailments. When does that relief cross over into physical dependency?

Opiate withdrawal
Opiate withdrawal is caused by stopping or greatly reducing use of an opiate after heavy and prolonged use. Opiates include morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, and others. When stopped, the body needs time to recover, and withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur when use is discontinued.

Opioid intoxication
Opium and its derivatives (which include morphine, oxycodone, and the synthetic opioid narcotics) generate an abnormal mental state, generally characterized by excessive sleepiness or unconsciousness (depending on the degree of intoxication), and usually associated with respiratory depression and small pupils.

OxyContin Abuse Targeted
OxyContin is one of the best-selling brand-name painkillers in the world, it also however, has a widespread problem of abuse and misuse. OxyContin abuse is being targeted. Of real concern is how the problem affects patients with legitimate illness who depend on the drug.

Abuse-Resistant OxyContin
Abuse-resistant OxyContin was released in 2010. Has it successfully deterred abuse?

OxyContin - OxyContin: Questions and Answers
OxyContin contains oxycodone, a very strong narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. OxyContin is only intended for moderate to severe pain that is present on a daily basis and that requires a very strong pain reliever. Patients with this type of severe pain condition require daily pain treatment.

Drug and Chemical dependence - Resources
Resources for people with drug and chemical dependence.

Drug abuse first aid
Drug abuse is the misuse or overuse of any medication or drug, including alcohol. Many street drugs have no therapeutic benefits. Any use of these drugs is a form of drug abuse. Legitimate medications can be abused by people who take more than the recommended dose or who intentionally take them with alcohol or other drugs.

Toxicology screen
These are various tests to evaluate the type (and roughly measure the amount) of legal and illegal drugs a person has taken.

Amphetamine or sympathomimetic intoxication
Amphetamine or sympathomimetic intoxication describes the state that occurs with the use of amphetamines or sympathomimetic drugs. Intoxication can readily lead to overdose with severe or fatal toxicity.

Barbiturate intoxication and overdose
Barbiturates are a type of depressant drug that causes relaxation and sleepiness. In relatively low doses, barbiturates and alcohol have very similar clinical syndromes of intoxication. Barbiturates may also cause an acute overdose syndrome, which is life-threatening.

What is Drug abuse?
Drug abuse is the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed.

Drug abuse and dependence
Drug dependence is compulsive use of a substance despite negative consequences which can be severe; drug abuse is simply excessive use of a drug or use of a drug for purposes for which it was not medically intended. Physical dependence is not necessary to define addiction. Some substances can cause addiction but do cause dependence and some substances that cause addiction but not dependence.

Are You Addicted?
What is the difference between substance abuse and addiction? Not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted, but substance abuse can cause problems for individuals whether they are technically addicted or not.

Drug Tampering - How to Determine Drug Tampering
How do you determine if a drug product has been tampered with?

Drug Abuse Screening Quiz
Do you need treatment for substance abuse? Take this this adapted from the Vanderbilt University Addiction Center. In the quiz, "drug abuse" refers to the use of prescribed or "over the counter" drugs in excess of the directions, the use of any illegal drugs or any non-medical use of drugs.

Driving Under the Influence: The Laws Also Apply to Prescriptions!
"DUI" means driving under the influence of not only alcohol and illegal drugs, but also medications prescribed by our doctors. If you don't know your meds, find out about them, be very familiar with how your body responds to them, and if there is the remotest doubt, have someone else drive.

Self-Medicating: When the Cure IS the Disease
Self-medication is defined as the process by which some individuals may abuse substances in attempting to use them to relieve other problems such as anxiety, pain, sleeplessness or other symptoms.

How To Reduce The Risks Of Using Arthritis Medicines
All medicines have risks. To reduce the risks related to using arthritis medicines and to get the maximum benefit, you need to play an active role on your health care team.

How To Avoid Medication Errors
A few simple, common sense tasks can help you avoid medication errors and ensure your safety.

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications
It happens to everyone for a variety of reasons. You end up with a medicine cabinet full of expired or unused medications, now considered a toxic form of household hazardous waste. Proper drug disposal is an emerging environmental issue. As with any household waste, the disposal method chosen can have a direct effect on safety and the health of...

How to Store Medicine Safely
Many people store their medications in the bathroom. But this popular spot is actually one of the worst places to keep medicine. Unnecessary exposure to heat and moisture can cause medicines to lose their potency. Travelers need to follow additional tips for safe storage of their medications.

Substance or Fluff?: DEA Interim Policy Statement Issued
In August 2004, the DEA and a group of pain management experts released "Prescription Pain Medications: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement Personnel." In October 2004, the DEA withdrew the FAQ. In November 2004, The DEA addresses the withdrawal.

Prescription Drugs and Pain Medications
Most people who take prescription medications use them responsibly. However, the non-medical use of prescription drugs is a serious public health concern. Nonmedical use of prescription drugs can lead to abuse and addiction, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, from NIDA.

Preventing and Detecting Prescription Drug Abuse
Assessing prescription drug abuse?: Four simple questions for you and your physician, from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Drug Side Effects
A - Z: Drug Side-Effects

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