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Self Medicating and 5 Other Causes of Addiction

Roughly 50 percent of Americans who suffer from mental illnesses also suffer from addiction, and commonly rely on drugs and alcohol to escape their symptoms. Self medicating is one of the leading causes of addiction, and happens when a person uses drugs and alcohol to cope with emotionally damaging situations, or to mask symptoms of …

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Get Insight Into Gabapentin Side Effects & Gabapentin Abuse

Gabapentin, a drug used to treat nerve pain and epilepsy, has snuck up on authorities, physicians, and the general public, to become one of most overprescribed and misused medications in the United States today. In fact, it recently became the fifth-most prescribed drug in the country. In 2016, 64 million gabapentin prescriptions were sold in …

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Will Minimizing the Opioid Epidemic Cause a Heroin Epidemic?

Heroin use in the U.S. is on the rise, and caused 15,446 overdose deaths in 2016. As the U.S. opioid epidemic rages on, communities, doctors, and lawmakers are continuing to work together on finding ways to minimize this deadly crisis. But while the country stays focused on battling its opioid crisis, a heroin epidemic could …

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The Scary Side of Synthetic Marijuana and K2 Spice

K2 spice and synthetic marijuana are NOT marijuana. These dangerous drugs are made up of chemicals that mimic the effects of real marijuana, and have been linked to hundreds of overdoses in recent years. During a recent three-day period in Lancaster County, PA, 102 people were reported to have overdosed on a bad batch of …

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What Does a State of Emergency Mean for the Opioid Epidemic?

Every day, more than 140 people in the U.S. die from an opioid overdose. This means that every three weeks, America suffers a death toll equal to that caused by September 11th. The U.S. remains in the midst of a serious opioid epidemic that continues to worsen every year, and that caused over 59,000 deaths …

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Better Pain Management Will Remove Painkiller Addiction

The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 38% of Americans—that’s almost 92 million people—used prescription opioids in the previous year. Eleven and a half million of these individuals misused these painkilling drugs, and 1.9 million of them had a painkiller addiction. Misuse is defined as taking a medication that has not …

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5 Long-Term Effects of Painkillers on the Brain

Painkillers, or opioids, are commonly prescribed for short-term use to treat moderate to severe pain such as that caused by injury and surgery. Painkillers have been used to treat pain since the early 20th century, but became more widely used during the 1990s when oxycodone was released under the brand name OxyContin. Today, more than …

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Are You Suffering from Benzodiazepine Addiction?

Benzo Addiction

Benzodiazepine addiction is a growing problem in the United States, partly due to the dramatic increase in anxiety and sleep disorders seen in recent decades. Many people who develop a benzo addiction were prescribed the medication to relieve anxiety, panic attacks, or insomnia, and may not even realize that they’ve become physically dependent. Benzodiazepines such …

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