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Nation's ER's Report: Abuse of Anti-Anxiety Drugs Up

drug treatment center pills addiction drug rehabThe number of drug-abuse related visits to hospital emergency rooms (ERs) involving benzodiazepine medications exceeded 100,000 in 2002, a 41 percent increase since 1995, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). Nearly half of the emergency department (ED) visits involving benzodiazapines -- which include such psychotherapeutic sedatives as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan -- were connected with suicidal ideation, gestures or attempts.

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Prescription Drug Abuse in The Military

drug treatment center pills addiction drug rehabToday, some of the most pressing substance-abuse concerns in the U.S. military involve prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Some health officials contend that too many troops are being authorized to take antidepressants and sleeping pills, while others are worried about the illicit sharing of prescription drugs and the overuse of OTC meds by men and women in uniform.

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For Many, Stress Leads to the Use and Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco...

drug treatment center pills addiction drug rehabSome of the Basic Facts
Stressful events can have a direct affect on the use of alcohol or other drugs. Stress is a major contributor to the initiation and continuation of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, as well as to relapse or a return to drug use after periods of abstinence.

Stress is one of the major factors known to cause relapse to smoking, even after prolonged periods of abstinence.

Children exposed to severe stress may be more vulnerable to drug use. A number of clinical and epidemiological studies show a strong association between psychosocial stressors early in life (e.g., parental loss, child abuse) and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior, and substance abuse in adulthood.

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Dilaudid Addiction

What is Dilaudid and how is it used?

Dilaudid is an analgesic narcotic with an addiction liability similar to that of morphine. It is apparent within 15 minutes and remains in effect for more than 5 hours. Dilaudid is approximately 8 times more potent on a milligram basis than morphine. Often called "drug store heroin" on the streets. Dilaudid is generally used in one of the following ways:

  • tablets
  • oral liquid
  • sterile solution
  • intravenously
  • suppositories

    What are Dilaudid's Side Effects?

    Dilaudid inhibits ascending pain pathways in Central Nervous System. Dilaudid alco increases the pain threshold and alters pain perception.

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • somnolence
  • anorexia
  • constipation
  • pain at the injection site
  • local tissue irritation
  • Hallucinations
  • itching or skin rash
  • increased sweating
  • agitation

    Signs of a Dilaudid overdose are:

  • respiratory depression
  • stupor
  • coma
  • skeletal muscle flaccidity
  • cold and clammy skin
  • hypertension
  • circulatory collapse
  • cardiac arrest

 

 

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Source: National Institute of Health

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