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Rising trend in prescription drug abuse among women

Rising trend in prescription drug abuse among women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2013 that almost 48,000 women in the United States died due to a prescription drug overdose between 1999 and 2010. It also stated that there was a 400 percent increase in fatalities compared to 265 percent among men. Unfortunately, every day, 18 women are estimated to die due to a prescription painkiller overdose. Continue reading

Talk About Your Medicines Month- Part 2: Common prescription drugs that can be addictive

Talk About Your Medicines Month- Part 2: Common prescription drugs that can be addictive

People often get addicted to prescription medicines unknowingly. By the time they realize that something is wrong, it is often too late. It is important to know about the medicines that one is taking and accordingly talk with health care providers for any doubts. In this “Talk About Your Medicine Month, let us take the initiative to be more aware of the regular medicines that one consumes. Continue reading

Talk About Your Medicines Month – Part 1: Commonly abused prescription drugs

Talk About Your Medicines Month - Part 1: Commonly abused prescription drugs

Many people think that prescription drugs are safe, even if abused, because they are recommended by doctors. However, in reality it is a myth, which has led to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the United States. It is evident from the telling statistics. The fact is that prescription drugs are dangerous for health when abused or used in excess than what has been prescribed. Continue reading

Pills Don’t Have a Free Pass – The underreporting of prescription drug deaths in Texas

Pills Don’t Have a Free Pass – The underreporting of prescription drug deaths in Texas

Prescription drugs are a hidden epidemic. It’s easier to let the abuse of prescription medications go under the radar because of their many legitimate uses. When used responsibly, drugs such as sedatives and painkillers help many people deal with the aches and discomforts of life. That said, the statistics behind the abuse of prescription substances have gone underreported in the state of Texas. Continue reading