What are the Most Abused Prescription Drugs?

Abused Prescription Drugs

Americans are taking more prescription drugs than ever before. Consumer Reports surveyed 1,947 American adults and found that more than half take a prescription medication daily. Many American adults also take supplements, vitamins and other over-the-counter drugs. To put it in perspective, Americans are taking more drugs than any other time in recent history and […]

From Painkillers to Heroin: Why this Path is Common

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Every day in the United States, over 115 people die from an opioid overdose. In fact, opioids were blamed for the sharp increase in accidental deaths in 2016. We are facing an opioid crisis, and many people can’t help but wonder what led us here. The path, surprisingly, is an easy one. How Opioid Addictions […]

Study Confirms Opioid Abuse Often Starts in the Home

Opioid Abuse Starts in the Home

A new study confirms that opioid addiction often starts in the family’s medicine cabinet. If someone has surgery and is given OxyContin to manage their pain, it’s more likely than others in the home will get an opioid prescription, too. Prescription opioid use can easily spread within households. The risk is small, around 1 percent. […]

Is Cold Medicine in Your Home? Here’s What to Watch For

Cold Medicine

It’s not always illegal drugs on the streets that you have to worry about. Many addictions start in the medicine cabinet. With the opioid epidemic, more people are aware of prescription medications. However, over-the-counter medications can pose a risk, too. Cold medicines sold over the counter are not intended to cause harm and are relatively […]

Can You Overdose on Xanax?

Overdose on Xanax

It is possible to overdose on Xanax (alprazolam). Xanax is mostly used to control anxiety or help people sleep. It is a habit-forming drug and can be even more dangerous when mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or antidepressants. Because of the addictive nature of the drug, most doctors prescribe Xanax as a short-term […]

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine that affects chemicals in the brain that are unbalanced in people with severe anxiety. Xanax is used to treat panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. Though Xanax is not without side effects, some people need it to get through their days and manage panic attacks. It’s a strong benzodiazepine, 10 […]