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Three Reasons for High Prescription Drug Overdose Rates

Overdose is one of the nation’s greatest health concerns, particularly with prescription medications. Every year, these medications lead to many hospitalizations and deaths, especially from overdose. Many cases occur as people abuse drugs carelessly, but other people overdose as they take prescriptions and are unaware of the risks of these drugs. Though countless factors contribute to the high rates of overdose on...

3 Reasons for High Prescription Drug Overdose Rates

Prescription overdose and addiction rates continue to rise in the US despite extensive educational efforts and other precautions undertaken by law enforcement, regulatory agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry. There are several troubling reasons for the increase in overdose and the rising number of people who are addicted to prescription painkillers, sleep aids, anti-anxiety medications, and other...

Prescription Drug Overdose after Injury

After you have experienced a significant injury, your focus is on relieving your pain, healing your body, overcoming emotional trauma and attempting to get your life back on track. There is a great deal that you have to accomplish during your recovery and your attention is not on the details of your prescription medications. However, you must understand these prescriptions because they can put you at risk for abuse,...

Prescription Drug Addiction, Overdose and Liver Necrosis

Many people are aware of the dangers of drug abuse, but this does not necessarily encourage addicts to seek help. Addicts should appreciate the danger between addiction and liver necrosis, because this condition can be life-threatening. Recognizing all of the dangers of drug abuse can guide addicts and their loved ones to the right decisions for long-term sobriety. How Addiction Affects the Liver The liver performs...

Imovane (zopiclone) Abuse Risks

Imovane is the brand name of zopiclone, a prescription hypnotic drug that is classified as a non-benzodiazepine sleeping medication. It is sold in Canada, Australia, Norway and Russia. In Europe, this same chemical is sold under the name Zimavone. Although it is not currently commercially available in the United States, the active ingredient is used in the heavily advertised sleeping aid Lunesta. It was originally...

Restoril (temazepam) Overdose Risks

Restoril is the brand name for temazepam, a benzodiazepine that facilitates sleep. This is a powerful drug with a strong risk of addiction and can cause a life-threatening overdose. Get help today to prevent a debilitating addiction and safeguard your health from overdose. How Restoril Works Restoril—a medication similar to Xanax, Valium and Librium—works by binding to certain chemical receptors in the brain...

Overmedication and the Elderly

Overmedication in the elderly is a major problem that affects many people annually. As most elderly people are prescribed medications to maintain their health, many of them are suddenly becoming overmedicated. This is a dangerous problem that requires immediate professional attention. Blood pressure drugs, cholesterol drugs and thyroid drugs top the lists of the most commonly prescribed medications for the elderly,...

Can I Overdose on Over-the-Counter Painkillers?

There is a mistaken assumption that anything that has been approved for sale by the government is therefore completely safe. The fact is that some over-the-counter pain medications contain ingredients that can be dangerous if taken in too large a dose, and may lead to overdose that can cause health problems, or in extreme cases, may even be fatal. Over-the-Counter Painkillers that May Cause Overdose Synthetic...

How Common Is Prescription Overmedication?

Prescription drug abuse is a major issue as more and more people are becoming addicted to these medications. Many patients are prescribed different kinds of medications at the same time. As the pills keep coming, many patients either become addicted to their medications, or they are stuck with bottles that are filled with pills they no longer use. For example, each year, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) performs...

How Do I Tell My Family I Overdosed?

Addiction is a frightening disease that causes deep changes in the way a person thinks, feels and acts. These changes are often unnoticed by the addict until the disease is well established, but friends and family members often suspect there is a problem long before the addict knows. It is often extremely difficult, if not impossible, for addicts to admit to themselves – let alone their families – that they have...
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