PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS

Ren in Addiction
January 27, 2020

Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Don’t Mix

It is estimated that about 18 million people misuse prescription drugs in the U.S. each year. About 5,480 people abuse such medications for the first time every day . Not all of those who misuse prescription drugs “just once” will become addicted to them. But many of them will.

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Ren in Legislation
July 17, 2019

Pharma Loses Major Lawsuit

Many of us silently cheer when we hear about a mega-corporation losing a lawsuit against an underdog. This particular aspect of human nature is evidenced in Hollywood films, music, books, pop culture, and bedtime stories.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
May 28, 2019

How Opioid Pain Reliever Drugs Changed the Drug Addiction Scene

When we work to address the current drug addiction epidemic that has swept our country, we must accept a universal truth. The truth is that the mass introduction of opioid pharmaceuticals (and other addictive pharmaceuticals, for that matter) onto the drug scene has changed how drugs are accessed and misused. In fact, the heavy proliferation of addictive medicines which began in the late 1990s served to alter the face of the addiction scene forever.

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Karen in Health risks
February 1, 2019

Eliminating Health Problems Could Start with Eliminating Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug use and excessive alcohol consumption cause and worsen a very long list of physical and mental illnesses. To maintain a healthy life, avoiding drug use, or recovering from addiction, are vital first steps.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 25, 2019

How States Are Reducing the Opioid Prescription Drug Crisis within Their Borders

It’s no longer a news story that our nation is struggling with an opioid addiction epidemic. It’s been going on for some time. This is an epidemic that started out with opioid pain relievers, and even though other opioid addictions have cropped up since then, a decent piece of the pie chart that is the American opioid addiction crisis is still comprised of pain reliever addiction.

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Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising

According to a Washington Post article published February 2015, the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries that allow direct to consumer advertising for pharmaceutical products.

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Karen in Drug-Related News
December 27, 2018

Dentists: An Unexpected Source of Opioid Misuse and Addiction

Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a teenage or young adult child. You’re told by your child’s dentist that his (or her) wisdom teeth are going to be a problem and they need to be removed. Dutifully, you make one or more appointments for the extractions.

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Ren in Opioid Crisis
September 21, 2018

Are Opioid Prescribing Trends Finally Reducing?

The United States is in the midst of struggling with its worst pharmaceutical drug addiction epidemic to date. Pharmaceuticals have been in use for decades, but only in the last fifteen to twenty years have manufacturers significantly increased the production of addictive pharmaceutical drugs.

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Sue Birkenshaw in Heroin Addiction
January 25, 2017

The Sad State of Many Heroin Addicts

948,000 people used heroin in 2016, a sharp increase from 404,000 in 2002. More than two million are addicted to the abuse of pain medication. For some people, there’s no difference between these two. If they can’t get one kind of drug, the get the other.

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New Smartphone App Will Allow Doctors and Pharmacists To Track Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs can be wonderfully helpful in limited medical situations, but their help comes at a steep price.

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