Signs and Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse: What to Know of This Worrying Trend

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Prescription drugs are medications prescribed by a medical doctor, yet we are seeing an exponential increase in people showing the signs and effects of prescription drug abuse. Prescriptions are provided with strict instructions that should be followed for patient safety. Not everyone follows the instructions given, however. Common prescribed drugs fall into categories of opioid, stimulants and sedatives. Opioids include …

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Overdose Not the Only Cause of Death From Prescription Painkillers

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Overdose Causes

There have been more than 160,000 overdose deaths from prescription painkillers between 1999 and 2014 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, new research suggests that an overdose might not be the only big concern when it comes to prescription painkillers.

The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the drugs can cause irregular heartbeats, heart attacks, or sudden death. Lead author of the study Wayne Ray commented, “As bad as people think the problem of opioid use is, it’s probably worse.”

As if 14,000 overdose deaths in 2014 from prescription painkillers wasn’t shocking enough, imagine the amount of additional deaths linked to the drugs.

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