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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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Percocet Addiction

What is Percocet and how is it used?

Percocet is a narcotic (oxycodone) and acetaminophen combination. They are combined to get a syngergistic effect on pain. Oxycodone is similar to other narcotics in terms of effect and addiction. Acetaminophen is better known as Tylenol.

Other brand names are Roxicet and Tylox. Tablets contain 25 mg oxycodone hydrochloride and 325 mg acetaminophen; 5 mg oxycodone hydrochloride and 325 mg acetaminophen; 7.5 mg oxycodone hydrochloride and 500 mg acetaminophen; 10 mg oxycodone hydrochloride and 650 mg acetaminophen

Percocet when abused can be taken orally in pill form, chewed, or crushed (then snorted like cocaine).

What are the side effects of Percocet?

The side effects of Percocet are:

  • drowsiness
  • constricted pupils
  • nausea
  • euphoria
  • dizziness
  • light-headeness
  • sedation
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • depressed feeling
  • exaggerated feeling of well-being
  • itchy skin
  • skin rash
  • slowed breathing

What are the symptoms of Percocet overdose

The symptoms of an overdose are:

  • bluish skin
  • eyes or skin with yellow tone
  • cold and clammy skin
  • decreased or irregular breathing
  • extreme sleepiness
  • stupor
  • coma
  • heart attack
  • low blood pressure
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea
  • slow heartbeat
  • sweating
  • vague bodily discomfort
  • vomiting
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Source: National Institute of Health

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