Growing up in a family where one or more of the adults are addicted to prescription drugs or even alcohol can be quite a challenge. Such experiences affect the emotional, physical and cognitive personality of children. Here are some painful realities children encounter who grow up in an atmosphere of addiction and sometimes mental illnesses..
Cataclysm struck the United States when the nonmedical use of prescriptions painkillers hit unprecedented levels. This resulted in an increase in overdose-related deaths by over 2.5 times from 1999 to 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite the continuous effort of the federal government, the misuse of prescription medications has not been..
On June 1, 2017, a 19-month-old boy in Akron, Ohio was suspected to have overdosed on an opioid while fiddling with a bag containing residue. His family called 911 to summon emergency workers to their home after they found the toddler not breathing. Paramedics were able to revive the baby with Narcan, an anti-opioid drug,..
With at least 46 confirmed deaths across several American states, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned the synthetic drug “Pink”. Known as U-47700 in the medical community, the drug was legal in most of the U.S. states, including Arizona. With the ban on Pink, the drug will now be categorized under Schedule I..
Teenage, marked by important changes in one’s life, is also the phase when children are under an overwhelming pressure, be it parental, social, academic or work-related. Thus, it is obvious for teens to encounter conditions that might make them feel worried and affect their mental health. While some teenagers take these changes in their stride..
Prescription drugs are an everyday affair for many Americans. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 60 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. However, the irony is that many are steadily abusing these drugs. According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2000-2014, published by the Centers for..
Confronting a national epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, the United States has been witnessing thousands of drug-induced overdose deaths which have statistically surpassed even car crash fatalities and suicides. In 2014 alone, more than 47,000 Americans died of drug overdoses. The nation has been engaged in a “war” for last 25 years, but..
The opioid epidemic that has taken America into its grip has forced the federal government to take all possible measures to check the menace. President Barack Obama proposing allocation of approximately $1 billion to combat drug abuse and overdoses in the 2017 budget was one of the many steps taken by the federal government.