5 addictive over-the-counter drugs

Prescription drug abuse is the illicit use of prescription drugs for recreational purposes. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders) and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).

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Designer drug “Pink” temporarily banned across America

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..

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Prescription drugs: a transition from use to abuse, addiction, and overdose

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..

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President Obama announces new initiatives to combat opioid and heroin abuse epidemic

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..

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FDA swings into action as opioid abuse engulfs America

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.

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