Drugs & Alcohol

Has the Crackdown on Pain Clinics Helped Reduce Abuse Rates?

A common misconception about addictive substances is that prescription medications are safe to use or that they only pose a threat in the case of overdose. Although overdoses are serious problems, these substances have more dangers than that issue alone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in…

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Is It Really Dangerous to Mix Uppers and Downers?

When your bath water is too hot, you add cold water to create the temperature you want. When you are driving too fast, you apply the brake to slow the car down. When a belt is too tight, you loosen it until you are comfortable. Often to change the state…

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What Makes Prescription Drugs so Addicting?

Prescription drugs are regulated by the Controlled Substances Act. Drugs regulated by the law are placed into one of five categories, called schedules, depending on their safety, known medical usage and abuse potential. Schedule l drugs are those with high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use. No…

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Dangers of Using Benzodiazepines with Opiates

Prescription medication should only be used under the direct supervision of a qualified physician who understands how different drugs interact with each other and how they interact with the body. Benzodiazepines (benzos) are central nervous system depressants. They are also known as sedatives or tranquilizers. These types of drugs slow…

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Dangers of Mixing Painkillers with Other Drugs

Painkillers are opioid drugs that are prescribed to patients for the relief of pain. These drugs are only available through prescription, and when used as directed can be both safe and effective. However many people misuse and abuse painkillers. Painkillers eliminate the sensation of pain and produce feelings of pleasure…

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