Effects to brain & body from prescription drug abuse
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Jessie Peperato's comment, March 27, 2013 10:30 AM
8. If patient comes to you and asks for a drug such as over-the-counter sleeping pills, what do you do? -Ask patient what meds they have tried. If the patient who gets their meds filled out at your pharmacy look in the profile to see if any interactions will coenside with prescriptions. Take patient to product outside of pharmacy, tell them how to take medication.
Jessie Peperato's comment, March 27, 2013 10:30 AM
9. What is the right dosage for a certain prescription drug such as depressants? - Dosages vary by manufacturer, strength, and prescriber.
Jessie Peperato's comment, March 27, 2013 10:30 AM
10. Why is it not a good choice to order prescription drugs from online pharmacies? -Online pharmacies are known statistics that 95% are operating illegally. Online pharmacies must operate legally with a special modification number from DEA; many companies do not follow.
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Scientific Research on Prescription Drug Abuse

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Jessie Peperato's comment, March 21, 2013 8:14 AM
People that get prescribed Opioids is usually to treat "moderate to severe pain," such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. In "your brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract" there are certain "cell surface proteins" called opioid receptors that Opioids act on. When they attach to the receptors they help take pain away that you may be experiencing. People that snort or inject prescription drugs get a "high" feeling. You can be in danger of serious "medical consequences such as respitory arrest, coma, and addiction."
Jessie Peperato's comment, March 21, 2013 8:17 AM
If you get prescribed CNS depressants they are used to treat "anxiety, panic, sleep disorders, acute stress reactions, and muscle spasms, which include Valium, Librium, and Xanax." They decrease brain activity and produce a drowsy or calming effect that helps those with anxiety or sleep disorders. If these medications are mixed with alcohol or other medications, "overdose can cause breathing problems and lead to death." Although newer sleep medications such as "Ambiem, Lunesta, and Sonata appear to have reduced dependence and abuse liabilities," they still react with some of the same receptors in the brain so they may share some of the risks.
Jessie Peperato's comment, March 21, 2013 10:20 AM
Stimulants are prescribed to treat "attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy which include drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta." The effects are similar to caffeine but more potent. People that have "ADHD, stimulant medications have a calming and "focusing" effect." For example, Ritalin has much in common with cocaine. "These drugs bind similar sites in the brain and increase dopamine through the same molecular targets." People experience a "rush or a high" from these drugs. For people who abuse stimulants can experience the risk of "dangerously high body temperature, seizures, and cardiovascular complications."
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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 7:46 PM
Work on paraphrasing your info! You have lots of direct quotes and info taken word for word from these sources
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 7:46 PM
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Prescription Drug Abuse: Addiction, Types, and Treatment

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WebMD describes different types of prescription drugs that can cause addiction.
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Jessie Peperato's comment, March 21, 2013 3:54 PM
Experts say that they are not completely sure why "prescription drug abuse is on the rise." Doctors have been writing more and more prescriptions for patients for "Opioids, Stimulants, and CNS depressors." Teens and children can easily get drugs from online pharmacies. Many teens steal prescription drugs from their parents. Many teens tell others they have "prescription parties" where they gather at someones house "mix their parents prescription pills in a bowl and then help themselves to whichever pill." The problem is that most teens do not understand the consequences and risks of prescription drugs such as health problems or death.
Jessie Peperato's comment, March 21, 2013 4:01 PM
Some people wonder if there are any warnings for using opioids, CNS depressants, and stimulants. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, they say Opioids should never be used with substances that cause CNS depressants "including alcohol, general anesthetics, and other pain medications." For CNS depressants you should never use other substances that depress the CNS such as "alcohol, prescription opioid painkillers or some OTC cold and allergy medications." Stimulants should never be used with other substances that stimulate the nervous system including "antidepressants unless supervised by a doctor, OTC decongestant medications, and some asthma medications."
Jessie Peperato's comment, March 21, 2013 4:06 PM
Most people that have prescription drugs take them as the doctor directed. About "48 million people age 12 and older" have abused prescription drugs. That is about 20 percent of the U.S. population. The misuse or abuse of prescription drugs has increased. Many people have had to be rushed to the ER for accidental overdoses to get help for their addictions.