Painkiller Addiction

How the Physical Effects of Drugs Cause Further Use

Drug abuse is one of the most alarming issues currently affecting the country. However, most people picture only illegal substances such as heroin, cocaine, meth, and so forth when thinking about drug dependence. The problem with this line of thinking is that many still do not realize that prescription medications…

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Social Disorders and the Stigma of Addiction

Social disorders may have different catalysts, responses, triggers and underlying emotions at play, but they all involve some type of interpersonal interaction. People with such disorders may turn to alcohol, pharmaceuticals or illicit drugs to self-medicate the symptoms, escape their realities or seek a chemical boost to increase their…

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Respiratory Effects of Inhaling Drugs

The respiratory system consists of the diaphragm, trachea, lungs and other organs involved in breathing. Just as these organs allow people to inhale oxygen, they can also be used to inhale other aerosol substances. In 2005 the Respiratory Care journal described inhalation as a very old form of medication delivery…

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The Dangers of Using Contaminated Drugs

Contaminated drugs lead to health problems and deaths every year. If the contamination involves legitimate prescription drugs, government agencies can typically respond more effectively by tracking the drugs back to the manufacturer. Eliminating dangerous product is more difficult, however, if it involves illicit drugs like heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, methamphetamines, or…

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Common Withdrawal Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse

Going cold turkey is excruciating for a person withdrawing from a severe prescription drug addiction. The clammy skin and bumps that spawned the cold turkey moniker are just a part of the process. Most people suffering with a prescription drug addiction need professional medical attention to make it through withdrawal…

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