45% of painkiller users do not know they are taking opioids

July 27, 2015 0

Forty-five percent of Americans who use opioid prescription painkillers do not realize they are taking an opioid, or that the drug is just as addictive as heroin, according to a National Safety Councilsurvey. In fact, opioid painkillers and heroin have nearly identical chemical makeups and produce the same effects. Drug overdoses, largely from opioid painkillers, are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American adults. The epidemic is a primary focus of National Safety Month, observed […]

Sports Illustrated– How painkillers are turning young athletes into heroin addicts

July 21, 2015 0

A few weeks ago Sports Illustrated had a compelling piece on prescription drug abuse and the jump to heroin addiction. Roman Montano had barely learned cursive when he was asked to sign his first baseball. Parents of teammates had watched him dominate game after game in Albuquerque’s Little League during the summer of 2000, mowing down batters and belting home runs. The autograph requests were mostly facetious, but what they signified was clear: The kid was going […]

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

May 21, 2015 0

Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. The studies, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, were scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, in Toronto. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The […]

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