Prescription Medication Addiction

October 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Nampa, Idaho

October 27th, 2018|

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is taking place in Nampa, Idaho on October 27, 2018. This event is an important one, and if you have old medications lying around your home, it is one you should not miss. Like many people, you probably keep your prescription pain pills and other drugs in a medicine cabinet. You may have a difficult time letting them go because you wonder, what if I need them later on? There are some very good reasons why you should not hang on to them, and we will cover those in

Top 10 Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

September 25th, 2018|

"When I was in medical school, the one thing I was told was completely wrong. The one I was told was, if you give opiates to a patient who is in pain, they will not get addicted. Completely wrong. Completely wrong. But a generation of doctors, a generation of us, grew up being trained that these drugs are risky. In fact, they are risky." ~ Dr. Thomas Frieden, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Top 10 Most Addictive Prescription Drugs The misuse of prescription drugs in the United States has been called “an epidemic”

Why are Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Still Rising in 2018?

August 15th, 2018|

“The epidemic of deaths involving opioids continues to worsen. Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly-manufactured fentanyl are intertwined and deeply troubling problems.” ~Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid overdoses kill 131 Americans a day. Let that number sink in for a moment. Every day, there is a new headline about some new manifestation of the ongoing opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy become numb to the almost-unbelievable numbers—hundreds of thousands of lives lost and over a TRILLION dollars in economic impact. It’s

3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of

August 10th, 2018|

The concept of a gateway drug is not new. 3 Gateway Drugs That Anyone Should Be Wary Of Most people have heard of the idea but may not know which substances qualify as gateway drugs. It is important for everyone to be wary of gateway drugs. Part of this means understanding the risk factors of addiction and the slow progression toward physical dependence. This brief guide addresses three of the most common gateway drugs that anyone should be wary of: Alcohol Marijuana Prescription medication. These are the three most common gateway drugs. They are

Living with Adult ADHD – The Struggle is Real

August 1st, 2018|

When many people think of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they think of hyperactive or easily distracted children. While it is true that ADHD is commonly diagnosed in early childhood; thousands of American adults are diagnosed with ADHD every year. This post will look at some of the facts and figures for the drug. It also covers ADHD symptoms and diagnosis. Finally, it looks at the rise in Adderall abuse by college students and discusses what it’s like to be addicted to the drug. Use this information to keep yourself and others from falling

Modafinil Abuse: Rethinking Use of “Smart” Prescription Drugs

May 20th, 2018|

Modafinil (Provigil) may be a narcolepsy drug, but a growing number of people are misusing the medication with ulterior motives. Drug abuse and addiction are serious public health issues that affect just about every community and family in one way or another. Rates of drug use and addiction in America have been increasing substantially for more than twenty years, and each year these issues cause millions of serious illnesses or injuries. Prescription drug abuse, in particular, is a major public health problem in America. The majority of people take their prescription medications responsibly, but according

True or False: Opioids Are No Better Than Over-the-Counter Medicines for Treating Pain?

May 10th, 2018|

True or False: Are opioids more effective in treating pain than over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications?  Luckily, the answer here is a solid “false.” If you are suffering from chronic or acute pain, OTC pain medications Tylenol and Advil may be just as effective as a prescription painkiller for helping to relieve your pain. Opioids Are the Number #1 Solution for Pain – But Evidence Does Not Support It Currently, prescription opioid medications are the number one solution for chronic pain in America. When people go to the doctor complaining of aches and pains, doctors

Desoxyn—The Legal Methamphetamine You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

March 16th, 2018|

Should we be more concerned about Desoxyn—the prescription methamphetamine with a high potential for abuse? Desoxyn—The Legal Methamphetamine You Probably Haven’t Heard Of Every day, there is another news story about the ongoing opioid epidemic, but while all the focus is on painkillers, there are other prescription medications—like Desoxyn—that are being abused. How bad is the problem? According to the most recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration there are actually MORE treatment admissions for amphetamine-class drugs than there are for prescription painkillers. Dr. Nora Volkow, head of the National

Barbiturates—The Forgotten Drug Danger

January 2nd, 2018|

Did you know that barbiturates were once the most-dangerous prescription drug threat in America? While the continuing opioid epidemic continues to dominate headlines and news stories across the United States, there are other types of prescription medications that present significant dangers that are vastly under-reported. Barbiturates fall into this category. Many people mistakenly believe that barbiturates are obsolete drugs that are no longer prescribed. And while it IS true that they have been largely replaced by benzodiazepines, they are still dispensed far more often than you might think. Every year, approximately 300 tons of

Painkillers: Can We Live Without Them?

December 13th, 2017|

America is Hooked on Dope – And Our Doctors are The Dealers By now, most Americans are familiar with the opioid crisis happening in the United States. Things have gotten so bad, President Donald Trump recently declared the country’s opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Millions of people from all walks of life are hooked on narcotic painkillers like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, and Codeine. These highly addictive medications are responsible for the deaths of more than 30,000 people every year. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are doing time behind bars because of some