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Category: Substance Abuse

Stimulants: The Problem of Abuse and Addiction

Another class of frequently prescribed drugs are stimulants, which can also lead to misuse and addiction. Misuse is commonly defined as taking medication for a reason other than its intended use or in greater amounts or for longer than prescribed. Doctors may prescribe stimulants to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The prescription typically includes amphetamines … Read More

New Steps to Treat America’s Opiate Addiction

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported that the federal government intends to increase access to methadone and buprenorphine. These are drugs currently taken by hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight opiate addiction. These medications help control drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The government has spent $94 million to allow health centers to serve 124,000 … Read More

Finally, Action is Taken

On Tuesday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took an important step in combatting the deadly prescription painkiller epidemic in the United States. In a first-time move, our nation’s top federal health agency issued guidelines for the dispensing of morphine-like, addictive drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin. The agency directed the guidelines … Read More