Top 10 You Should Know About Prescription Drug Abuse, According to the CDC

November 27, 2013 0

1. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than motor vehicle crashes. Drug overdoses killed more than 38,000 people in 2010; about 105 deaths per day. Of these deaths, prescription painkiller overdoses killed 16,500 people; about 45 deaths per day. “Prescription painkillers” refers to opioid or narcotic pain relievers, such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone. 2. Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one […]

Cannabis Use Doubles Chances of Vehicle Crash, Review Finds

November 25, 2013 0

Drivers who consume cannabis within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, claims a paper published recently on the British Medical Journal website. The paper’s authors, from Dalhousie University, reviewed nine studies with a total sample of 49,411 people to determine whether the consumption of cannabis increases the risk of a motor vehicle collision.This is the […]

Study: 10% of Teens Treated in the ER Admit to Misusing Prescription Drugs

November 4, 2013 0

Ten percent of 14- to 20-year-olds treated in the emergency room for any reason say they have misused prescription drugs at least once in the last year, a new study finds. The researchers at the University of Michigan found most of the teens who admitted to misusing prescription drugs used other people’s medications. Teens who misused prescription drugs were significantly more likely to also have abused alcohol and non-prescription drugs such as cough medicine, or […]