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Xanax, Valium Looking Like America's Next Drug Crisis

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns. Known as benzodiazepines, overdose deaths involving these medications have increased exponentially over the past decade, in lockstep with a steady growth in prescriptions for the drugs, the review authors found. Use ...

Health Tip: Recovering From Substance Abuse

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Recovery-oriented care aims to empower people with mental or substance-use disorders to manage their conditions. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential. The process includes four major components: Health ...

Is Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – More U.S. babies go through drug withdrawal after birth these days, and researchers say doctors' prescribing practices are partly to blame. Moms-to-be who take prescription opioid painkillers plus psychiatric drugs for depression or anxiety have a 30 to 60 percent greater risk of giving birth to an infant in withdrawal than those taking opioids alone, researchers found. ...

3 Simple Steps Might Reduce Opioid OD Deaths

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – In 2015, America's opioid epidemic took the lives of more than 33,000 people, but three simple steps might cut that number by about a third, a new study suggests. Those steps include: Not prescribing narcotic pain medicines or anti-anxiety drugs to people who are addicted to opioids; Counseling; Seeing a doctor every three months. "People with opioid use disorders ...

Longer Addiction Treatment Is Better, Study Confirms

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – The longer patients receive treatment for addiction, the greater their chances of success, a new study finds. The study included 72 people, with an average age of 30 years. The participants were being treated for a variety of addictions, including alcohol and drugs such as opioids, amphetamines and benzodiazepines. The only significant factor in treatment success was the ...

Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Short-term memory loss may be yet another price of America's opioid addiction epidemic. Massachusetts health officials reported Thursday a cluster of 14 patients in that state who experienced problems remembering things just told to them. Doctors call this sudden-onset amnesia. The patients also had abnormal results on MRI brain scans. And researchers believe this might ...

Alzheimer's Patients' Use of Painkilling Patches Cause for Concern

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – Long-term use of powerful opioid painkillers may be common among Alzheimer's disease patients and could be a cause for concern, researchers report. Researchers analyzed data from more than 67,000 Alzheimer's disease patients in Finland. They found that 7 percent had used opioids for more than six months for non-cancer pain relief. One-third of patients who began using ...

Study Debunks Claim That Drug Treatment Centers Are Unsafe

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – Violent crimes are less likely to occur near outpatient drug treatment centers than near liquor and corner stores, a new study finds. The findings challenge claims that drug treatment centers attract criminals, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers. The researchers examined 2011 data about violent crime in areas near 53 publicly ...

Doctors' Prescribing Practices Key to Curbing Painkiller Abuse: CDC

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – Improved prescribing practices could help reduce narcotic painkiller abuse and overdose deaths from those drugs, a new U.S. government study says. An analysis of prescription drug-monitoring programs in eight states found that a small number of doctors were responsible for most narcotic painkiller prescriptions, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Infants Born to Drug-Abusing Mothers Often Readmitted to Hospital

Posted 6 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – Newborns with drug withdrawal syndrome are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than those without the condition, a new study finds. Drug withdrawal syndrome can occur shortly after birth in babies whose mothers abuse narcotic painkillers during pregnancy. These infants are at increased risk for breathing and feeding problems, seizures and low birth weight, ...

8 of 10 People in Addiction Treatment Smoke, Study Finds

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – People in addiction-treatment programs are about two to three times more likely to smoke than other people, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed 54 studies that included more than 37,000 people in 20 countries and found that 84 percent of those in treatment for drug and alcohol problems were smokers. Only 31 percent of people in the general population smoke. "When ...

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