College Students Do Battle With Addiction To Prescription Drugs

Over-medication is commonly referred to amongst medical personnel as polypharmacy, the taking of an excessive amount of prescription, pharmaceutical drugs. It is actually reaching epidemic proportions in the United States today, and it’s most common in over-65 patients. It also occurs, however, in younger patients with multiple health conditions, including people who may be taking over 20 different drugs a day!

Boredom is actually a big problem for those addicted to alcohol. It is important for recovering alcoholics to keep busy and structure their time. Being around people who do not drink alcohol is also very important.

Recently we have had several clients present for psychotherapy treatment who are court stipulated to a drug program because of drug charges. Of course this is no surprise. But what is surprising is the level of charges and the clients we are seeing. For example, one of our clients could be confused with just about any other hockey mom (perhaps a recent exception). She is white, upper middle class, college educated, and working in a professional position. And although she has drug trafficking charges, which are a felony, the drugs she had in her possession were for private use and were prescription (of course she didn’t have a prescription). What is even more surprising is that she didn’t even have a month’s supply of the pain killer for someone for whom they might have been prescribed. The purpose of this article is to shed light on some of the risks currently being taken by those abusing prescription drugs.

Millions of people are affected by allergies a year. Everyone who has allergies experiences different symptoms congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sniffling, coughing, red, itchy eyes, and swelling. Depending upon your symptoms will determine your treatment plan. There are several types of treatments available, alternative, home remedies, over the counter medicines and prescription medications. Not every treatment will work for everyone. You need to determine which treatment path works best for you. Medications are available to treat all the symptoms that coincide with allergies. There are even combination medications that will treat several symptoms at once. If you decide to treat with an allergy medication make sure you read the instructions before taking any. Plus many allergy medications can have side effects, so be sure to check the label before you buy it. Allergy medications include antihistamines, decongestants, steroids, bronchodilators, mast cell stabilizers, leukotriene modifiers, combination drugs, over the counter products, and immunotherapy. Many of these products are available in both over the counter and prescription grade. Most often it’s best to start with over the counter products and then consult your physician if your symptoms persist.