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What is prescription drug abuse? National Institute on Drug Abuse

8/15/2014
12:26 | Author: Hannah Ramirez

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What is prescription drug abuse? National Institute on Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse1 is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited. According.

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1 Prescription drug abuse, as defined in this report, is equivalent to the term "nonmedical use," used by many of the national surveys or data collection systems. This definition does not correspond to the definition of abuse/dependence listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV).

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Prescription drug abuse1 is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited. According to several national surveys, prescription medications, such as those used to treat pain, attention deficit disorders, and anxiety, are being abused at a rate second only to marijuana among illicit drug users. The consequences of this abuse have been steadily worsening, reflected in increased treatment admissions, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths.

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Preventing and recognizing prescription drug abuse National

6/14/2014
02:12 | Author: Hannah Ramirez

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Preventing and recognizing prescription drug abuse National

The risks for addiction to prescription drugs increase when they are used in ways other than as prescribed (e.g., at higher doses, by different routes of.

The risks for addiction to prescription drugs increase when they are used in ways other than as prescribed (e.g., at higher doses, by different routes of administration, or combined with alcohol or other drugs). Physicians, their patients, and pharmacists all can play a role in identifying and preventing prescription drug abuse.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs allow physicians and pharmacists to track prescriptions and help identify patients who are "doctor shopping.".

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Medication Guides for Certain Prescription Products

4/13/2014
04:18 | Author: Alex Watson

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Medication Guides for Certain Prescription Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants you to know the importance of reading Medication Guides—paper handouts that come with many prescription.

"The Consumer Medication Information offers broader information on how to appropriay use a medicine, when compared to a Medication Guide," says Seligman.

In contrast, the Medication Guide is part of the labeling. Regulations require that manufacturers produce them and alert pharmacists of their existence for certain medications. And pharmacists are required to distribute them to consumers.

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Over 240 products that contain a medicine individually or in combination have Medication Guides available for them.

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How to Dispose of Unused Medicines - Food and Drug Administration

2/12/2014
06:44 | Author: Emily Peterson

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How to Dispose of Unused Medicines - Food and Drug Administration

A small number of medicines may be especially harmful if taken by someone other than the person for whom the medicine was prescribed.

Ilisa Bernstein, Pharm.D., J.D., FDA's Deputy Director of the Office of Compliance, offers some additional tips:

FDA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy developed federal guidelines that are summarized here:

Read handling instructions on the labeling of inhalers and aerosol products because they could be dangerous if punctured or thrown into a fire or incinerator. To ensure safe disposal that complies with local regulations and laws, contact your local trash and recycling facility.

For example, the fentanyl patch, an adhesive patch that delivers a potent pain medicine through the skin, comes with instructions to flush used or leftover patches.

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15 Tips for Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

10/21/2014
02:10 | Author: Alex Watson

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15 Tips for Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

Without insurance, the cost may feel so exorbitant you may be tempted to skip or skimp on medication. Don't. There are ways to rein in the cost of prescription.

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You might say the United States is a nation of pill poppers. Many adults take at least one prescription drug, but it's not uncommon for older people to be on five or more medications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even with insurance, drugs can be pricey. Without insurance, the cost may feel so exorbitant you may be tempted to skip or skimp on medication. Don't. There are ways to rein in the cost of prescription drugs, and skipping medication can be disastrous and ultimay more costly than the drugs themselves.

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