Hydrocodone is a powerful opioid prescribed to relieve severe pain. It’s also a widely abused drug, playing one of the leading roles in the nearly 165,000 deaths from opioid medication overdoses since 2000.
While effective to treat pain if used as prescribed, similar to opiates, muscle relaxers have gained a reputation as a dangerous drug of abuse on the prescription painkiller playing field.
A new government-funded study of Colorado’s experience with marijuana legalization has revealed some startling truths. In the three years since marijuana became commercially available, traffic fatalities in Colorado linked to consumption of the drug have increased substantially. In addition, the number of adolescents and college-age adults who have used marijuana products in the previous month has risen by a significant percentage.
With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S. and many people turning to heroin as a quick and easy substitute, what early warning systems are in place to help spot a potential or existing problem with drugs or alcohol? Equally important as the ability to detect a looming substance abuse problem is the opportunity for intervention or referral to professionals who can provide assistance to overcome the addiction, dependence or abuse. Here are six professionals who can help identify a drug problem.
Specialists trained with a psychosocial framework provide the bulk of substance abuse treatment in the U.S. These clinicians do a great job of addressing many of the major threats to sobriety such as stress, relationships and reminders of past drug use. But without a diverse interdisciplinary team that not only includes therapists and counselors but also doctors, nurses and other medical specialists, underlying medical concerns may go overlooked and undertreated, often to the detriment of the patient’s recovery. Here are a few of the medical reasons for relapse.
Methamphetamine, commonly called meth, is a terribly addictive drug that wreaks havoc on the body and the brain. Signs of meth use in women and men are scary and indicative of just how seriously this drug impacts the health of users. From open sores to rotting teeth, the signs and symptoms of regular meth use are frightening and serious.
You probably know that lying is very common among those who abuse drugs and alcohol. More likely than not you’ve experienced this first-hand in your loved one. But since it doesn’t get any easier to bear the longer the practice continues, it may be helpful to learn how to spot and deal with lies from your loved one about drug abuse.