Recreational use of prescription drugs is a serious problem with teens and young adults. National studies show that a teen is more likely to have abused a prescription drug than an illegal street drug.
by Dr. David Juan
Chronic disease is extremely common in aging Americans. About three in four older Americans suffer from coronary heart disease, diabetes, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), dementia, hypertension, arterial blockages, or some other chronic condition. Many are battling multiple conditions and its quite possible treatments are interfering with each other.
A new study found that of the 75% of older Americans who suffer from multiple chronic conditions, about 20% of them are taking medications that directly compete with each other. In other words, they cancel out the effectiveness of one form of treatment, while in some cases worsening other conditions.
The research team, including members from Yale University in California and Oregon State University, said this happens because doctors often lack adequate information to guide their decision-making. They arent particularly sure how to weigh alternatives or identify options because they arent given the knowledge of how specific medications and forms …
Many people don’t realize that distributing or selling prescription drugs (other than by a doctor) is a form of drug dealing and as illegal as selling heroin or cocaine, with costly fines and jail time. When the drug dealing results in death or serious bodily injury, dealers can face life imprisonment.
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