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.

March 31, 2011

Abandoned Drugs at the Pharmacy

Filed under: discount canadian prescriptions,health risks — drwatson @ 9:57 pm

Abondoned Prescription MedicationEveryone enjoys saving money, but what if saving money was putting your health at risk? Recently, more and more prescriptions are being filled, but not being picked up at the pharmacy. European governments have insisted that major pharmacies introduce cuts in drug prices to reduce the amount of abandoned prescriptions. Countries like Greece and Spain have imposed drug cuts up to 25%.

There has been a 55% rise in the abandonment of prescriptions compared to four years ago. A pharmacy in the US claims that there are about a hundred prescriptions a week that are filled but not picked up by patients. This is in direct contrast to last year where only about seven per week were being abandoned. In 2008, there were 5 million patients that had 10.3 million prescriptions filled, but only 3.3% of those were picked up.

This rise in abandonment is linked to an increase in the price of brand name drugs. In the past five years, brand name medications have risen by 41.5% in price. More and more doctors are now prescribing generics to ensure that patients are using the drugs. Generic drugs account for about 75% of prescribed medications. Many people do not realize that generic drugs are the same as their brand counterparts despite being cheaper. The generic has the same strength and side effects as the brand-name drug; they are completely alike besides shape or color.

The main reason that drugs are being abandoned is because people cannot afford them. Drugs with higher prices are 3-5 times more likely to be unclaimed, especially with people who have to pay co-insurance. Many patients do not find out how much their prescription will be until they drop it off at the pharmacy. Before getting a prescription, ask your doctor how much the drug costs. If you find it too expensive ask your doctor to switch you to something cheaper or to a generic alternative. You can also buy drugs online for cheap at Canadian Online Pharmacies like OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com. This works especially well if you cannot drive, are disabled, or homebound. Before ordering online, it is best to ensure that you are buying from a safe online pharmacy. In the end, it is important to not jeopardize your health by avoiding picking up prescriptions; there are many cost saving alternatives available to you.

August 25, 2010

Health Risks Faced In Daily Lives

Each day, Fred gets up, nukes the coffee from the night before, grabs his cell phone and heads out the door. He answers numerous work calls on this cell phone throughout the day. When he gets home, he jumps in the hot tub to relax, and then curls up in his electric blanket with a movie and some popcorn and falls asleep, completely unaware that his health is quickly depleting due to this standard routine.

Microwave – A study was done on 8 people, taking blood samples after they had eaten micro waved food for 2 months. These blood samples showed very low levels of hemoglobin. Low levels of hemoglobin can cause anemia. Microwaves also change the level of good and bad cholesterol in food.

Cell phones – One of the concerns of cell phone use is that it has been proven that men who use their cell phone for more than four hours a day have a lower sperm quality than those with low cell phone usage. The excessive use of cell phones may increase a brain cancer risk.

Hot Tubs – ‘Hot Tub Rash’ is caused by pseudomonas. This is not a very serious condition and will heal on its own in time. The second concern of hot tubs is that they have been known to cause genital herpes. “Hot Tub Lung” and “Legionnaire’s Disease” are also risks of hot tubs. Both diseases are from breathing in bacteria or vapors from the hot tub. Hot tubs also lower the amount of sperm production in men. Hot tubs also have been known to increase the chance of birth defects in women in the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

Electric blankets – Electric blankets are surprisingly dangerous. Cancer, burns, and electromagnetic fields are some of the serious dangers electric dangers may pose. Make sure to buy a good quality electric blanket and replace it every 3 years.

Microwave Popcorn – Fluorooctanoic Acid is added to microwave popcorn bags as a resistant coating. This coating comes off into the popcorn in the microwave stage. Then it is absorbed into the bloodstream. This substance is thought to be carcinogenic (radiation directly involved in the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells).

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