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The Truth About Lyrica Abuse and Addiction

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Prescription Drug Addiction

The Truth About Lyrica Abuse and AddictionLyrica, the brand-name drug for the generic pregabalin, is a type of pain medication that some people abuse. Lyrica drug abuse is serious. Abusing any drug, whether it is illegal or a prescription, can lead to addiction. There are other prescription painkillers, namely narcotics, that are more addictive and more susceptible to abuse, but to ignore the addictive potential of Lyrica is to make a dangerous mistake. If you are prescribed Lyrica, know the risks and dangers of abusing it and be careful to only take it as directed by your doctor.

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Addiction Fears Prevent Cancer Patients from Getting Pain Relief

Posted on March 19, 2015 in Research & News

Addiction Fears Prevent Cancer Patients from Getting Pain ReliefRecent reports have estimated that up to half of all cancer patients are not being adequately treated for pain. Cancer, especially late-stage terminal cancer, can cause severe and chronic pain. Patients, their loved ones and their caregivers all want to reduce this pain and make life as comfortable as possible, but painkillers are being held back for many because of one scary reason: fear of addiction. The narcotic painkillers needed to control the severe pain of terminal cancer patients are highly addictive, but is the fear justified?

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Massachusetts State Bill Stirs Opioid Addiction Treatment Debate

Posted on January 6, 2015 in Drug Law News

Massachusetts State Bill Stirs Opioid Addiction Treatment DebateAll across the U.S., communities are facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and all the negative consequences associated with it. What began with prescription painkillers has morphed into a heroin epidemic. The need for treatment to help the thousands of addicts is great, but experts still debate the best way in which to reach and care for everyone. A bill in the Massachusetts Legislature is stirring that debate, specifically over the effectiveness of inpatient treatment and who should pay for it.

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New Abuse-Resistant Opioid Receives $60 Million Financial Backing

Posted on December 10, 2014 in Research & News

New Abuse-Resistant Opioid Receives $60 Million Financial BackingThe prescription drug epidemic is still gripping the U.S., with opiate painkilling substances like OxyContin being responsible for many of the deaths. Since 2003, these painkillers have led to more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, and for every death, another 35 people are taken to the emergency room and 161 will report abuse or dependence. Correcting this issue is a huge public health priority and one of the many approaches being explored is the idea of “abuse-resistant” opiate medications. KemPharm is trying to take this idea even further, by creating a medication that only has an effect when taken as directed, and they’ve recently received financial backing to the tune of $60 million in order to make their plans a reality. But will this be the “magic bullet” for prescription drug abuse, or are we missing the real issue? 

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Are You Abusing Flexeril?

Posted on October 15, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Are You Abusing Flexeril?Flexeril is a brand name for the generic medication cyclobenzaprine. It has been approved as a prescription for pain relief and as a muscle relaxant. Flexeril is only intended to be used for a short duration. If you use it for a longer period of time than your doctor recommended, take a larger dose, or use it because you enjoy the relaxed sensation it gives you, you are abusing the medication. For Flexeril, recreational use puts you at risk of side effects and psychological dependency. 

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Lomotil Abuse

Posted on October 14, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Lomotil AbuseMany prescription drugs are susceptible to abuse for a variety of reasons. Some produce intense highs and users can become dependent on the sensation. Others cause a sense of relaxation that abusers become psychologically dependent on. There is also a whole range of prescription medications that are largely safe, but which can be abused. Lomotil falls into this category. The diarrhea medication is not the most addictive drug, but it can be abused for a high and the dangers of doing so are serious. 

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Making Pain Medication Accessible While Limiting Misuse

Posted on October 12, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Making Pain Medication Accessible While Limiting MisuseIn recent decades, the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers has become a serious problem. Emergency departments report increased numbers of cases involving overdose or serious side effects due to the misuse of opioid painkillers.

In the U.S., many individuals who become addicted to opioid painkillers do not fit the typical profile of a drug user. In some cases, a patient is prescribed an opioid to treat a serious pain problem caused by an injury or a chronic illness. As the patient builds up tolerance to the drug, they need increasingly larger doses to achieve the same pain relief.

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Lyrica Abuse

Posted on September 28, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Lyrica AbuseLyrica addiction and abuse are growing problems as more people are being prescribed this pain medication. Lyrica is a brand name for the drug called pregabalin, an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures, anxiety and pain. Although not as addictive as other prescription painkillers, there is a potential for abuse and addiction is possible. There are risks and dangers from both addiction and side effects when abusing Lyrica and anyone being prescribed this medication should be aware of them.

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Gabapentin and Addiction

Posted on August 5, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Though gabapentin is not classified as an addictive substance, this does not mean that it doesn’t carry risks when not used as directed, or that there is no potential for dependence or abuse. Read on to learn more about gabapentin, why it is used, how it can be abused and what to do if you suspect you have a problem with gabapentin.

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Phentermine and Addiction

Posted on June 25, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Phentermine and AddictionMany prescription drugs are safe to use and never cause serious side effects. Some can be risky and even addictive, so you should always be cautious when taking prescriptions and carefully follow your doctor’s instructions. Certain drugs are more susceptible to abuse than others because of how they affect the body and the mind. Phentermine addiction, for instance, is a possibility for anyone taking this medication to treat obesity.

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