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Open Payments Site Reveals Drug Company Payments to Doctors

Posted on November 24, 2014 in Research & News

Open Payments Site Reveals Drug Company Payments to DoctorsPharmaceutical companies have never been reluctant to use their wealth and influence to steer the medical profession toward drug-based cures. Miracle drugs for this and wonder drugs for that are hitting the market faster these days than new brands of soft drinks, but none of them will be able to carve out a niche in the marketplace without the support of doctors willing to recommend them to patients.

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Neurontin and Addiction

Posted on August 1, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Neurontin is the brand name for the prescription drug called gabapentin, a medication that is intended to treat seizures. It has become a controversial prescription since its release more than a decade ago. Although it is intended for the treatment of epilepsy, doctors prescribe it for a number of other issues. As a psychoactive drug and because it is fairly common, Neurontin abuse has become a problem in recent years. If you are prescribed Neurontin, make sure you understand the consequences of misusing it.

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Is Your Parent Depressed and Abusing Alcohol or Prescription Drugs? Here’s How to Help

Posted on March 24, 2013 in Intervention

Is Your Parent Depressed and Abusing Alcohol or Prescription Drugs? Here’s How to HelpCaring for elderly parents can be frustrating and confusing. But when your parent is living alone or with a spouse, is showing signs of depression and you suspect is also abusing alcohol or prescription drugs, it can be doubly confusing for you.

You may be afraid that any offer of help will be rejected since your parent wants you to believe – and makes frequent pronouncements – that everything is fine.

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Sonata Addiction

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Sonata AddictionAmericans are having a love affair with prescription drugs. They consider the pills they get from doctors less dangerous and less addictive than those they buy on the street, even though they are wrong on both counts.

The prescription drugs that are most abused are the ones that are prescribed most often. New kinds of sleeping pills, buoyed by clever and constant advertising on television, hit record sales in 2006 with 47 million prescriptions, and show no sign of decreasing. In 2011, these drugs were prescribed 60 million times, even though they are supposed to be used for only 14 days and most research finds they are only mildly effective.

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Drug Use in Houston, Texas

Posted on February 28, 2013 in Research & News

Abuse of illegal and prescription drugs is on the rise across America. As published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 22.5 million Americans had abused a prescription medication or used an illicit drug in the previous month as reported in 2011-this means 8.7 percent of the population. Much of the rise can be attributed to use of marijuana and prescription drugs, although illegal narcotics such as cocaine and heroin are still major players.

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Anabolic Steroid Addiction

Posted on January 29, 2013 in Steroids

Anabolic Steroid AddictionIt took over 60 years for the United States government to recognize that anabolic steroids are addictive. These synthetic male hormones do not cause a “rush” or intense feelings of euphoria, relaxation, or energy like heroin or cocaine, and people do not sell their children to get money to buy them. However, drug cravings, drug-seeking behaviors, and withdrawal are all medical criteria for a diagnosis of addiction, and anabolic steroids cause all three. People risk getting arrested to obtain these drugs, and they have undergone difficult withdrawal syndromes that require hospitalization and medical assistance.

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Cheap Online Drugs Could Be Counterfeits

Posted on October 29, 2012 in Research & News

Prescription drugs are pricey. Many Americans looking for a way to save on medications have turned to buying their prescriptions through out-of-country online pharmacies. One survey showed that as many as 25 percent of purchasers in the U.S. buy their drugs online in order to save money.

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Steroid Use Continues to Plague Major League Baseball

Posted on September 25, 2012 in Research & News

Thirty-nine year old Bartolo Colon of the Oakland A’s had been delivering a great season of play. With a 10-9 record, Colon had 24 starts and an earned run average of 3.43. Unfortunately, Colon’s most recent drug test showed elevated levels of testosterone, a sure sign that he has been using illegal steroids to help his game. Colon’s resulting suspension was the second to be handed down this week by Major League Baseball (MLB) and was the fifth such penalty this year. Major League Baseball began testing players for performance enhancing drugs close to 10 years ago, but the problem seems to be as bad as ever; some say worse.

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As Pain Pills Change, Abusers Move to New Drugs

Posted on August 10, 2012 in Research & News

As fatalities from drug poisoning deaths climb in the U.S., pharmaceutical companies try to keep ahead of drug abusers by making drugs more difficult to inhale or inject. From 1999 to 2008 the number of fatalities had tripled.

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Police Get Millions But Drugs Cost Google and Ryan Leaf Big

Posted on April 15, 2012 in Research & News

Ex NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested a second time this week in Montana. His arrest for criminal possession of dangerous drugs, highlights the increasing epidemic we have with prescription drug abuse in the U.S. The Seattle Times reported that Leaf posted $76,000 in bond for his arrest, according to a news article.

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