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People who abuse prescription drugs often do so believing the pills are safe because they are prescribed by doctors and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, addiction experts say. In 2005, non-medical use of painkillers contributed to more than 8,500 deaths. Overdose deaths involving prescription pain relievers increased 114 percent from 2001 to 2005, the most recent year for which nationwide data is available, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Heath Ledger...
Introduction Although there are many different opiates and opioids (I shall abuse notation and lump them together under the single term opiates), all can lead to addiction and dependence. I shall discuss in this post the most common methods used to come off these drugs, and outline some specific detoxes. Let me add at this point that many of the drugs referred to are prescription only, and you are advised to see a doctor as with any drugs there are possible side-effects and dangers. If you...
Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence is a medical term with a deliberately more precise meaning than the problems that can occur, sometimes as one-offs, through an uncharacteristic binge. In alcohol dependence a number of features come together in the behaviour of the person affected. Drinking begins to take priority over other activities. It becomes a compulsion. Tolerance develops, so it takes more alcohol to produce drunkenness. Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and tremor develop after...
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