June 21, 2016

What Parents Need To Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

 

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Of the numerous threats to teenagers, abuse of prescription drugs tops the list of parental concern.  Teenagers often lack the knowledge of the danger behind their actions when taking a concoction of drugs that may result in adverse effects, which is why education at home is the vital first step in preventing unfortunate cases of teenager drug abuse.  At times, teens are aware of the dangers of drugs they are ingesting, but many times, they are uneducated about the risks they are taking.  Parents are the increasingly important factor in preventing teenager drug abuse.

Gone are the days where putting a lock on a medicine cabinet and using proper disposal methods could stem the flow of prescription drugs into teenagers’ hands.  An increasing popularity in the legitimate use of online pharmacies to fill prescriptions have led to an abuse of this system.  While there are online pharmacies that perform their due diligence in ensuring the safety of their products and customers, there have been cases of online pharmacies that provide drugs with hazardous substances and inaccurate does to people with no prescription, enabling the potential for teenage drug abuse.  This is the reason why a direct conversation with your child is extremely important, as it is much harder to recognize that drugs are being ordered online.

Prescription drug abuse using painkillers causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing in teenagers.  What are some ways to prepare and navigate these issues?

Learning the Dangers

Before talking to your child, ensure that you know all the risks and dangers associated with prescription drugs and drug abuse. Prescription medication are very potent and can interact with other medication or conditions.  The effects can result in harm or even death if taken improperly, which is why it is essential for any pharmacy, online or local, to know your medical history.

Clear Communication

Establishing a clear form of communicating with your child and demonstrating a genuine interest in their life is the best way to pass knowledge about drug abuse. Conversations about the danger and proper usage of prescription drugs will be easier with a clear way to communicate to your child. Not all teenagers who abuse prescription drugs use it to get a psychoactive state, or to get high. It is becoming increasingly common to see drug abuse in cases where teenagers seek to get better grades or increase energy levels. Being in tune with your child’s life is key to noticing behavioral changes that may indicate drug abuse.

Setting limits

The ability to deal with defiant or disrespectful behavior is key to managing any problems that can be associated with drug abuse. Setting clear, enforceable consequences to all behaviors that can endanger your child is essential for learning. Make sure to monitor that the limits are not being exceeded. In the case of prescription drugs, limits need to be strictly enforced.

Talk to a professional

Get your physician or an addiction professional if you think your child is abusing prescription drugs. Some warning signs to look out for are changes in appetite or sleep patterns, impaired coordination or injuries that they don’t realize they have, dropping attendance in school/work/hobbies, and sudden changes in hobbies/friends.

October 30, 2013

Block Buster Delays: Why Prescription Drugs Can Cost so Much

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why_prescription_drugs_cost_so_muchMost people in the US do not know that they are paying ten times more for prescription drugs than they should be. Big companies, through deal delays, have manipulated the US market for prescription drugs. How so? They pay off smaller companies to hold off on the release of their cheaper drugs for up to nine years. This has been happening for many years and is not considered as illegal… yet.

A Reason Why Prescription Drugs Cost so Much

According to the report from Community Catalyst and USPIRG (United States Public Interest Research Group), giant pharmaceutical companies have monopolized most of the blockbuster generics in the market. Consumers have no choice but to purchase branded drugs when they could have had cheaper generic alternatives. This means that consumers suffer with the large costs of prescription drugs, while allowing the giant pharmaceutical companies to earn an estimated $98 billion in sales.

Top 10 Blockbuster Generics

Here are the 10 blockbuster generics delayed by deal delays based on the annual US sales.

1. Lipitor

Lipitor is used to help lower a person’s cholesterol level and treat coronary artery disease. The cost of this brand name drug dropped from $205 to just $18 for generic after nearly a two year delay.

2. Tamoxifen

This drug is designed to treat patients with breast cancer and was delayed for nine years, forcing cancer patients to pay $80 more per prescription.

3. Lamictal

This medication is used to treat epilepsy. Its three-year delay forced users to pay 33 times more per prescription than they would have with generics.

4. Cipro

Cipro is used to as an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections and anthrax exposure. Its release was held up for seven years giving the drug manufacturers more than a billion dollars in sales.

5. Provigil

This prescribed drug is used to help people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. It costs patients nearly $1,200 per month, but the manufacturers of this drug paid over $200 million to delay its release by over six years.

6. Aggrenox

This stroke prevention drug is also used to treat blood clots. Its generic release was held up for 7 years and forced users to pay $294 versus the $73 generic.

7. Niaspan

This drug is often prescribed to treat people diagnosed high cholesterol and/or coronary artery disease. It has been delayed in the market for 8 years and is expected to be released into the generic version this year.

8. AndroGel

This synthetic testosterone has been delayed for 8 years and is expected to come out in a generic version in 2015. Until then patients will need to pay an additional $283 per prescription.

9. Nexium

This drug helps to treat GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). While its 6 year wait will not end until 2014, drug makers are raking in over $5 billion dollars per year.

10. Nuvigil

Nuvigil is used to treat narcolepsy and is currently costing patient $450 per prescription. When it is released as a generic in four years, the price will drop to about $113.

If you are just learning about deal delays and finding out about one of the reasons that prescription drugs cost so much, you may be quite angry. The good news is that some members of Congress agree with you. Two separate bills have been introduced in the senate to stop this practice. The Supreme Court may also rule soon as to whether this practice breaks antitrust laws or not.

What is your opinion about deal delays? Let us know in the comment box below.

August 11, 2009

Music Has The Power To Move You… And A Lot More!

Music SheetsMost people enjoy listening to music. There are so many different types of music out there to choose from, such as rock music, metal, rap, R&B, pop…etc. And when people say that music has the power to move us they’re right.

Music actually affects us on a very deep level. Certain music can pump you up, which is especially useful right before that big game. Other types of music can calm you down and help you de-stress after a long day at work. Music truly is therapy for the soul and apparently treatment for a lot of other things.

Music is actually used as a treatment for seizures, to lower blood pressure, treat ADD in children, mental illness, depression, aid in healing, stress, and insomnia. Music has become much like a drug in medication because of the great impact it has on the human mind. Additionally, music has not only helped humans, but plants as well. A study was done where classical music was played around a plant and it actually helped the plant develop and grow significantly faster.

Music is an incredible tool and is a great outlet for built up emotions. Writing music can be a great stress reliever in itself. Writing lyrics or even guitar riffs may help you express some of that built up stored emotion in a positive way. Also, people will probably think that you’re pretty talented if you keep writing music, it’s not a very easily mastered skill.

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