Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is a growing problem in the United States with admissions to emergency rooms due to overdose on prescription drugs outpacing illegal drugs. Prescription drug addiction is often a result of chronic pain or a prescription after surgery or an accident. The person continues to take the opiate pain medication long after the initial event and builds tolerance. As the demand for more drug continues they often resort to doctor shopping, forging prescriptions, or buying drugs on the black market.

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Study Examines Prescription Drug Overdose by Neighborhoods

The increase in recreational prescription drug use has resulted in more emergency room visits and fatal overdoses. These drugs are popular with teens who can often easily obtain them in their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. 

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Drug Use Among Seniors on the Rise

Recent data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows drug use among seniors is on the rise. While fewer teens are using, the number of older Americans getting high has been going up for the last decade. Most of the changes come from use of marijuana, but prescription medications being used inappropriately is also a problem.

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Prescription Drug Abuse in Hollywood

Have you ever noticed that everything seems to be more exaggerated and more glamorous when it’s connected to celebrities. Unfortunately, when it comes to prescription drug abuse and addiction, the negative effects on Hollywood’s biggest and brightest are hard to gloss over. As more celebrities are making the headlines because of their use and abuse of some specific types of drugs, even the most successful celebrities are not immune to the allure. Continue Reading

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Actor Colin Farrell Says Drugs Nearly Destroyed His Life

It’s sharp honesty that may be part of Irish actor Colin Farrell’s ability to hang on to his recovery from prescription painkillers. n 2005, the actor admitted to having an addiction to unnamed prescription pain medications, which he received after injuring his back. He has said in interviews that he managed to perform on the set of the movie he was filming at the time, “Miami Vice,” but did miss days due to the drug abuse. He also claims parts of the work are completely lost in his memory while he was engaged with prescription drug abuse.

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Actor Jeremy London on Prescription Drug Addiction

Jeremy London, who played Griffin Holbrook on the hit television series “Party of Five” and Chandler Hampton on “7th Heaven,” opened up to PEOPLE magazine about the prescription pill addiction that jeopardized his career and his family.

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Corey Haim’s Death Linked to Illegal Prescription Drug Ring

Corey Haim’s death is linked to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring," California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday. Alan Duke of CNN.com reports that Brown’s office is investigating "an unauthorized prescription under the former child star’s name that was found during an ongoing investigation of fraudulent prescription-drug pads ordered from a vendor in San Diego."

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Corey Haim Spoke About Drug Addiction in 2007

Corey Haim made no secret of his past battles with drug addiction and his multiple stays in rehabilitation centers over the years. Now that the ’80s star has died of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 38, MTV News went back into their archives to an August 2007 interview during which Haim spoke honestly and insightfully about his struggles with substance abuse and the day he finally got clean. "They built rehabs because of me," he said during the interview in MTV’s New York newsroom.

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Jackson’s Doctor Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

Dr. Conrad Murray, personal physician to Michael Jackson, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the pop star’s death last summer.

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Journalist Writes about Painkiller Addiction in “Pill Head”

Journalist Joshua Lyon, who was once addicted to prescription medications, tells his story and investigates the phenomenon of online pharmacies in his book, Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict. Featured on NPR, Lyon’s book chronicles his struggles with prescription painkiller addiction.

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Doctor Shopping

By Colin Gilbert

After surviving a severe car accident two years ago, Sharon underwent a series of surgeries to repair broken bones in her arms and torso. To reduce pain during her long recovery process, her doctor prescribed a moderate dose of the opioid painkiller oxycodone.

The medicine helped Sharon tremendously, but after the prescription expired, she noticed the pain returning. Medical tests showed no further need for surgery, and, because of oxycodone’s notoriety for being addictive, her doctor was hesitant to renew her prescription at the same dose. Instead, he wrote her a prescription for a reduced dose, planning on gradually weaning her off. Unfortunately, the pain did not subside. It seemed to Sharon like only the original dose would end her misery.

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