Dealing with a Loved One's Overdose

A drug overdose can be a cry for help or a wake-up call. Drug overdoses describe an unintentional drug poisoning due to drug misuse, drug abuse or taking too much of a medically prescribed drug according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of drug overdoses…

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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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Soldiers and Drug Overdose

Each branch of the military has experienced the tragedy of drug overdose. For example, two marines under the care of the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment overdosed in 2007. Since 2007, thirty soldiers under the care of the Army Warrior Transition Unit have also overdosed. Since eight soldiers died of…

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Self-Medication and Overdose

Self-medicating is the act of treating oneself for an ailment with whatever drug or drugs seems to do the trick. People will often self-medicate for minor aches and pains that seem too inconsequential to warrant visiting the doctor. Some people self-medicate to relieve emotional pain. However, most…

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Overmedication and the Elderly

Overmedication is a major problem facing patients and health care professionals. It is especially problematic for the elderly. Prescription addiction, overdose, drug interaction complications and other serious side-effects are all on the rise, and over-medication is one of the main causes.

How Overmedication Happens to the Elderly

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