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Prescription Drug Addiction

Are Opioids Better at Treating Pain Than Over-the-Counter Medicines?

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By Martha McLaughlin Pain exists to serve as a warning signal. In an ideal world, we experience pain, quickly identify the underlying problem and easily correct it. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not possible to decipher the message our pain is trying to send or to fix the issue quickly once it’s been identified. Sometimes, the efforts to correct a problem, such as surgery, can cause an increase in pain themselves, at least temporarily. The importance of safe pain management has become increasingly apparent as the crisis of opioid addiction and overdose has engulfed the nation. Many people become addicted to opioids […]

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Opioid Use and Heart Palpitations (Cardiac Arrhythmia)

Opioid Use and Heart Palpitations (Cardiac Arrhythmia)

The term cardiac arrhythmia describes a disruption to the heart’s natural rhythm. Individuals with cardiac arrhythmia may experience heart palpitations, or the feeling of an irregular heartbeat. This can feel like any of the following: Your heart beating too fast Your heart beating too hard Your heart fluttering Your heart skipping a beat There are many factors that can cause arrhythmia and heart palpitations. One of these is the use of certain drugs such as opiates. Opioids and Heart Health Heart palpitations and cardiac arrhythmia can lead to stroke, heart failure and death. In fact, these heartbeat irregularities are one […]

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Morphine Street Names

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On This Page: Effects of Morphine on the Mind More about Morphine Prescription Morphine Morphine Addiction Finding Help It is not unusual for drug users to develop code names, also called slang or street names to avoid suspicion and detection. Street names are often a description of the drug they stand for, making it easier for drug dealers to pass merchandise along without being suspected. For example, morphine comes in white tablets so the tablets are often called the white lady. Morphine tablets can also be ground into powder for snorting or intravenous intake and are also known as salt […]

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Adults Using More ADD Meds

Adults Using More ADD Meds

We often associate ADD and ADHD with high-energy children who have a hard time sitting still or focusing. Adderall has become the go-to drug to treat this condition in children, but now it turns out that adults are flocking to the prescription medication. The pill for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is still primarily used by children, but adult use rose a whopping 53 percent between 2008 and 2012. In that same period, kids on Adderall rose just 18 percent. It’s not just age that makes a difference. The research from Express Scripts’ pharmacy claims data found that the number of boys […]

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Prescription Drug Addiction Among Seniors

The senior population is the group most often prescribed controlled substances. About 17 percent of seniors over the age of 60 will be affected by prescription drug abuse according to one study, and another study says that 11 percent of women over the age of 59 are currently addicted to prescription drugs. Recognizing prescription drug addiction in seniors is tricky but hugely important. The health effects can be devastating and the money spent on unnecessary prescriptions crippling. If you or someone you love is over 60 and dealing with prescription drug addiction, call us at The Canyon for treatment. Senior […]

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