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ARTICLES FOR: Prescription and Synthetic Drug Abuse
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Women in the U.S. largely use and abuse legal drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Despite the attention given to illegal drugs, far fewer women and girls use them.
The term addiction usually refers to both psychological and physical dependence on a drug, including alcohol. Signs of dependence include withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, anxiety, ... Read More »
Teens initially smoke cigarettes and use illegal drugs to fit in. Hanging with the “druggies” stands-in for team activities. They form a not-so-elite club that welcomes everyone, as long as ... Read More »
Substance abuse disorders are interesting disorders. They are hallmarked by denial and minimization. When a family member has concerns about a loved one’s substance use confronting them, while ... Read More »
Could there possibly be a more innocent and harmless sounding name than Molly? The truth is, this drug is anything but harmless; in fact, it is responsible for untold numbers of deaths throughout the ... Read More »
Officially, a diagnosis must come from a qualified health professional. It could involve a mental health assessment, blood tests, etc. However, anyone can develop a suspicion of dependence that may ... Read More »
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is placing Indian drug makers under increasing scrutiny following growing concerns about the safety of medications imported to the U.S. According to a report ... Read More »
Words carry a tremendous amount of power. They can be positive and reinforcing, or negative and condemning. Recognizing this intrinsic power, a White House summit on drug policy reform recently ... Read More »
Crack is back in the news with Lamar Odom. Smoking cocaine (“freebase” or “crack”) is now the most common method of cocaine abuse. Those of us in medicine are never surprised to hear ... Read More »
The likelihood that a person who suffers from a cannabis-related or polypharmacy psychosis will then develop a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia is fairly high. This is a serious mental health ... Read More »

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