Archive for September, 2009

  • Survey Shows Prescription Drug Abuse Common in Military

    A Pentagon health survey found that in a one-year period, about one in four soldiers admit abusing prescription drugs, most of them painkillers. The study, which surveyed more than 28,500 U.S. troops last year, showed that about 20 percent of Marines had also abused prescription drugs (mostly painkillers) in that same period.

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  • Less Stigma Against Drugs Fueling Drug Abuse among Adolescents

    In Ridgefield, Connecticut—and all over the world—illegal drug use is a growing problem among school-aged adolescents. What’s more, kids are abusing legal prescription drugs, many of which are highly addictive.

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  • Moms Warn of Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

     In an attempt to curb the widespread problem of prescription drug abuse, agencies across the state of Wisconsin have created a pharmaceutical prevention campaign called “Good Drugs Gone Bad.” Authorities say of the 36 people who died from drugs in the Fox Valley last year, 27 involved prescription drugs.

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.