Category Archives: Drug Addiction

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Oxycodone and America’s Obsession With Painkillers

This entry was posted in Drug Addiction on July 30, 2018 and modified on April 29, 2019

America’s reliance and addiction to painkillers is not slowing down, despite ongoing federal, state and local efforts. OxyContin (extended release oxycodone) is partially to blame for the opioid epidemic that has gripped the nation the last decade or so – a crisis that has escalated dramatically over the last few years.

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Prescription Pain Killers at Work

Pain Meds and Workplace Safety: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

This entry was posted in Drug Addiction on December 6, 2016 and modified on April 30, 2019

Opioid painkillers are some of the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S. Unfortunately, they’re also the most widely abused medications, and millions of Americans have significant problems related to their improper intake of prescription pain pills. And, as we’ll see, even a single person with an opioid problem can jeopardize the safety of your workplace.
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Hispanic Addiction Rates

Addiction Increasing Among Hispanics

This entry was posted in Drug Addiction on October 6, 2016 and modified on April 30, 2019

Hispanics are now 17 percent of the population in the U.S.; a minority still, but a significant and growing one. In fact, estimates say that the population will rise to 30 percent by 2050. As the population of American Hispanics grows, the concerns of this demographic become more important. Among these concerns is addiction. Statistics show that rates of substance abuse and addiction are on the rise among Hispanics. However, access to treatment and the quality of that treatment are static at best.
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Senior Americans and Addiction

More Older Americans Battling Substance Abuse

This entry was posted in Drug Addiction on September 14, 2016 and modified on April 30, 2019

Troubling statistics clearly demonstrate that older Americans are struggling with drug abuse and alcoholism more than ever before in the U.S. Why this trend is being seen can partly be explained by the aging of the large baby boomer generation, but the issue is more complicated than this simple fact. Why are older adults abusing substances and what can be done to help them? These are important questions that need answers.
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Are You Taking Your Prozac Safely?

This entry was posted in News, Drug Addiction on July 18, 2016 and modified on April 30, 2019

Prozac, generic name fluoxetine, is an antidepressant that helps many people struggling with depression to feel better and to be able to live normal lives. However, if you need to take Prozac, you should know about the risks and how to take it safely. Prozac abuse, like flexeril abuse or lomotil abuse, is not always taken seriously. Drugs like these are not always considered to be habit forming, but they can be harmful and they can be addictive.
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Mexican Flag Waving

Is the ‘War on Drugs’ in Latin America Winding Down?

This entry was posted in Drug Addiction on May 24, 2016 and modified on April 30, 2019

After decades of being caught in the crossfire, both figuratively and literally, the nations of Latin America are starting to rebel against the precepts of the war on drugs. In defiance of the United States, whose allegiance to military-style tactics in the struggle to cut off the flow of illegal drugs has been unbending, countries in Central and South America are asserting their independence and pushing hard for a change in course.
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Weight Gain Fears Make It Harder for Female Smokers to Quit

This entry was posted in Drug Addiction on January 15, 2016 and modified on April 30, 2019

Female smokers who are worried about weight gain are less likely to attempt to quit smoking, according to a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Survey data from about 10,000 smokers in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia suggest that women are less likely to begin the process of quitting tobacco products if they believe that smoking helps them manage their weight. Continue reading