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Dr. John Kim
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Prescription Drug Abuse (Overview)

When the patient is not taking the drug as prescribed, or is trying to get more of the drug than is medically necessary.


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What are the signs or symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

What are the signs or symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

Pain Meds: If you mean abuse of pain medication then it is a constant thought and activity pattern with the goal of obtaining the pain medication. ...Read more

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Dr. John Kim
50 doctors shared insights

Prescription Drug Abuse (Overview)

When the patient is not taking the drug as prescribed, or is trying to get more of the drug than is medically necessary.


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How does prescription drug abuse develop?

How does prescription drug abuse develop?

Abuse: By taking too many pain medications for a long period of time. Usually at the fault of the patient. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
every other day
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
once
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Are there home drug tests for prescription drug abuse?

Are there home drug tests for prescription drug abuse?

Yes: Ther are 12 panel drug test avialable you could do it at home. ...Read more

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What could cause prescription drug abuse?

See below: Prescription drugs have a street value. Thus they are stolen and sold. People take opioids for non medical reasons in order to get high and escape reality. ...Read more

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What older age groups are at risk of prescription drug abuse?

Drug abuse: All age groups are at risk. Older folks are less likely to misuse/abuse but they are not totally immune. ...Read more

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What could cause prescription drug abuse?

See below: Prescription drugs have a street value. Thus they are stolen and sold. People take opioids for non medical reasons in order to get high and escape reality. ...Read more

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How does prescription drug abuse develop?

Abuse: By taking too many pain medications for a long period of time. Usually at the fault of the patient. ...Read more

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What are the causes of prescription drug abuse?

What are the causes of prescription drug abuse?

Addiction: Most commonly abused are pain and anxiety medications which develop tolerance. With time more is needed to get same effect. Most common cause for abuse of anything is a desire and/or need to alter something about one's current reality or "get high" quicker onset of effects leads to increased abuse potential. ...Read more

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What should I do to help prescription drug abuse?

Options: If you or someone you know is abusing these drugs, there life is at risk. Seek help of an addiction medicine specialist, who can offer options such as suboxone to wean off these drugs safely. More serious cases require detox , either inpatient or outpatient. There are many programs offered by hospitals , you should inquire at hopkins , which is local for you. It is important to get help asap. ...Read more

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How serious a problem is prescription drug abuse?

Drug abuse: Very serious - to the extent that current practices are being forced to change by government forced guidelines in which pain medications will be very difficult to get. ...Read more

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Are there home drug tests for prescription drug abuse?

Yes: Ther are 12 panel drug test avialable you could do it at home. ...Read more

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What're the cause and effects of prescription drug abuse?

Abuse: Lack of monitoring, euphoric effects, easy access, avoiding withdrawal, doctor-shopping, tolerance. Outcome is dependency (addiction) & more suffering & resistance to tx. ...Read more

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What are the signs or symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

Pain Meds: If you mean abuse of pain medication then it is a constant thought and activity pattern with the goal of obtaining the pain medication. ...Read more

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How can I protect my teen from my prescription drug abuse?

Lock your meds: You need to keep your medications locked in a safe out of general view. ...Read more

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What older age groups are at risk of prescription drug abuse?

Drug abuse: All age groups are at risk. Older folks are less likely to misuse/abuse but they are not totally immune. ...Read more

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How would educating people help stop prescription drug abuse?

How would educating people help stop prescription drug abuse?

It may or may not: Stop them but at least they are informed about the harm that can come to them from abusing prescription medications. It also allows for a dialogue to occur about the abuse. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Prescription drug abuse?

What is the definition or description of: Prescription drug abuse?

Drug abuse: When the patient is not taking the drug as prescribed, or is trying to get more of the drug than is medically necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

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