More on Young Athletes, Painkillers and Addiction

*+-We recently published an article about the path some young people take to addiction. It’s not necessarily through use of drugs like alcohol or pot – although that is the typical route for many. For these others, addiction starts with prescription medications that are given to them by doctors. The young patient may not be properly instructed on their use and the doctor may not be fully educated on how to prevent dependence on those drugs. After a few twists and turns, the young person winds up addicted even though recreational use was not part of the equation. The Community…

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Tunnel Vision Doesn’t Work When You’re Dealing with Drug Addiction

*+-There’s some subjects that can be successfully addressed with a narrow focus. And there’s others where that just won’t work. Addiction is one of the latter. If you just focus on one aspect of the addiction problem, you will fail to understand it. Addiction is a serious social, health, cultural, financial, justice, legislative, political and human problem. I can’t think of any stratum of life that isn’t affected by it. Everything from child abuse to rock and roll, from traffic deaths to property crimes, from success in school to success in business, every part of our lives is capable of…

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Where Did All this Heroin Come From?

*+-Once upon a time, not so long ago, it was inconceivable that the average American would be addicted to heroin. It was only something that maybe people out on the fringes of society would do. Maybe bikers or jazz musicians or people who spent a lot of time in jail. This never really was the truth, but it was the impression most middle class Americans had. No one THEY knew would ever use heroin, much less be addicted to it. Fast forward to this decade. The growing heroin problem in this country is overwhelming public health departments. Not a day…

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Painkiller Sales Soar

*+-It’s a warning as pertinent to parents as it is to patients under a doctor’s care. Be warned that soaring sales of painkillers across the country indicates that so many of these drugs are in circulation that millions of people are at risk of developing addictions. Parents need to know so that they can lock away painkillers out of the reach of children – not only small children who might take the drug accidentally but also grown children who might have any inclination toward substance abuse. Patients need to know that there is chance that they may be prescribed a…

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Opiate Addiction on the Increase Now that Prescription Drugs are Harder to Get

*+-For the last decade or so, agencies like the National Institute on Drug Abuse have reported on increases in prescription drug abuses by America’s young people. By the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug abuse among young people was second only to marijuana abuse. And of prescription drug abuse, opiate pain relievers was in first place. This means that these highly addictive drugs are contributing greatly to the number of young people seeking rehabilitation for their opiate addictions. Opiate addiction is not likely to start trending down unless these people can find an effective rehabilitation program…

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What Will Stop the Increase in Teen Prescription Drug Use?

*+-The recent Monitoring the Future report on young adult and teen prescription drug use makes it very clear that not enough effective actions are being taken to convince young people to avoid abuse of prescription drugs. The 2011 edition of this annual survey of teens and college students points out that while cigarette smoking, heroin and cocaine use are down, marijuana abuse is up and prescription drug abuse remains steady at unacceptably high levels. Prescription Pain Medication Seen by Many Teens as Safer It’s understandable that many teens would think that if they are going to abuse drugs, prescription drugs…

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Prescription Drug Abuse…A Spreading American Addiction

*+-Ever since physicians have been able to prescribe narcotic painkillers, some Americans have taken more than is safe and have found themselves physically and emotionally addicted to these drugs. Americans have a history to abuse opiate painkillers when they have not been legally regulated. This problem led to the enactment of the Harrison Narcotic Act, which required that a licensed healthcare provider provide a prescription for opiate medications sold to the public. This act fell short of curbing opiate abuse since pharmacists were still selling “over-the-counter” remedies for everything from cough syrups to tonics that helped the “woman of the…

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Colleges Turn Out to Offer Dangers as Well as Educations

*+-The image of a young person, eighteen or so years old, heading off to college is one filled with hope and dreams of accomplishments and future careers. Parents look at their child going off to college with pride, but if they are wise, they also feel apprehension. Now more than ever, the college experience places dangerous pitfalls into every young person’s path. And most young people going off for higher education are sadly unprepared. First Pitfall: Heavy Alcohol Consumption Fraternity and sorority row are known for their alcohol consumption but binge drinking is hardly restricted to those zones. According to…

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Teens’ Secret Use of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Can Lead to Need for Alcohol Abuse Rehab

*+-In far too many families, even good and caring families, there can be a gulf separating parents from their teenaged children. Parents want to protect and counsel their children through difficult decisions. Teenagers want their privacy and want to try new, exciting things with their friends. Unfortunately, this can lead to teen prescription drug use, or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol followed by their being trapped in addiction. Surveys Reveal How Many Students May be Headed for Alcohol Abuse Rehab or Drug Rehab Surveys of young people reveal just how broad this gulf can be and how extensive this…

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