Kids: How They Get a Hold of Prescription Drugs

Contributor: Lindsay Ensor, BS Psychology and Counseling, freelance writer Everyday 2,500 kids ages 12 to 17 abuse a pain reliever for the first time.1 Prescription medications are fast becoming the new “party” drugs for many teenagers. The new trend among youth is known as “pharming” or, kids using prescription drugs for recreational use. Many parents [...]
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Prescription Drugs Abuse Causes, Statistics, Addiction Signs, Symptoms & Side Effects

What are Prescription Drugs? Prescription drugs are any types of medications which must be authorized by a medical professional. Medical professionals that may distribute prescription drugs include physicians, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. All prescription drugs are regulated by the Federal Government in the United States, which means that each drug must [...]
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The Real Cost and Effects of Substance and Prescription Drug Abuse For Professionals and Employers

Contributed by: Jennifer Youngedyke, Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center Many people don’t instantly picture suit-and-tie professionals when they think of a prescription drug addict. They think of the typical archetype of an addict: someone without a job, possibly living on the streets, dirty and unkempt. The reality, though, is that substance abuse is fairly common within [...]
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What Should I Do if Someone Asks for My Prescription?

Contributor:  W. Travis Stewart, LPC, NCC writer for Addiction Hope The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health[1] reported that more than 1,600 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day and the non-profit organization DoSomething.org reports that the United States represents 5% of the world’s population and 75% of prescription drugs taken. It also [...]
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Prescription Drug Abuse by Stay-at-Home Moms

Mother with Addicted Child Contributor: North Tampa Behavioral Health clinical team member Erica Smith, M.A., NCC Prescription drug abuse is an ever-growing problem amongst the American population. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 52 million people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes at some point in their lifetime. Additionally, while the U.S. [...]
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