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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

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

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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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Lortab Addiction

What is Lortab and how is it used?

Lortab combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.

Lortab when abused is taken orally, chewed, crushed (then snorted like cocaine), or crushed (then dissolved in water and injected like heroin). Lortab is is a combination of Hydrocodone bitartrate and Acetaminophen. Lortab, when used medicinally is given by mouth either in tablet or liquid form.

What are the side effects of Lortab?

The side effects of Lortab are:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • nausea / vomiting
  • unusual fatigue or weakness
  • allergic reactions
  • anxiety
  • blood disorders
  • constipation
  • decreased mental and physical capability
  • difficulty urinating
  • fear
  • hearing loss
  • itching
  • mental clouding
  • mood changes
  • restlessness
  • skin rash
  • slowed breathing
  • sluggishness
  • pinpoint pupils
  • flushing
  • dry mouth

Drug Interactions for Lortab

Other medications that may interact with Lortab are:

  • medicines for seizures
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • alcohol
  • warfarin
  • cimetidine
  • antacids

Because Lortab can cause drowsiness, other medicines that also cause drowsiness may increase this effect of Lortab. Some other medicines that cause drowsiness are:

  • alcohol - containing medicines
  • barbiturates such as Phenobarbital
  • certain antidepressants or tranquilizers
  • muscle relaxants
  • certain antihistamines used in cold medicines

Lortab - addiction

People become dependent upon Lortab for a feeling of well-being and will often get multiple prescriptions from different doctors to support their habit. Addictive drugs activate the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to crave the drug and to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of addictive drugs to strongly activate brain reward mechanisms and their ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems can produce an addiction. Drugs also reduce a person’s level of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.

What are the symptoms of Lortab overdose

The symptoms of an overdose are:

  • muscle spasticity
  • breathing slow and labored
  • breathing shallow
  • no breathing
  • pinpoint pupils
  • bluish skin (fingernails and lips)
  • cold and clammy skin
  • heavy perspiration
  • spasms of the stomach and/or intestinal tract
  • constipation
  • vomiting
  • weak pulse
  • low blood pressure / slow heartbeat
  • drowsiness
  • coma
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Source: National Institute of Health

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