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Mandating Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)

Mandating Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) In 2011, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an opioid epidemic in the United States. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives to drugs. Because people continue to take prescription drugs at an alarming rate, many states now require physicians to use prescription drug monitoring programs, or PDMPs. PDMPs help prevent patients from abusing or becoming addicted to prescription drugs by ensuring that physicians are not overprescribing. The use of PDMPs was not common in the past. But today, these programs are mandatory...

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Why is Alcohol Addictive?

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the United States and around the world. For many, drinking alcohol is a social norm and considered acceptable, even when too much is consumed. However, when a person develops a problem with alcohol, he or she may experience the following: Inability to uphold responsibilities at work, home, or school legal and/or social problems Drinking in dangerous situations (such as while driving) According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, approximately 17.6 million adults abuse alcohol or are physically dependent on it. This statistic does not include those...

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Social Media’s Impact on Eating Disorders

Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have significantly changed the way in which we communicate, obtain our news, and even live our lives. In many cases, social media provides a number of benefits such as keeping family members in touch or being able to “check-in” when a natural disaster or terrorist attacks occurs. However, social media can also produce extremely negative effects on those who use it, including pushing people into viewing the behaviors and outcomes associated with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia as acceptable. The Basics of Eating Disorders Eating disorders are highly complex...

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How to Properly Address the Drug Problem in the United States

For decades, drug abuse has been a major concern in the United States. In the 1960s, the primary focus was on individuals who were abusing marijuana and hallucinogens. In the 1970s, cocaine flooded the country. Throughout the 1980s, cocaine abuse remained rampant, and by the time the 1990s rolled around, drugs such as ecstasy and crystal meth were hitting the scene. Today, however, while all of these substances are still being abused by Americans, the nation’s substance abuse problem has been dominated by opioids, including drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and...

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