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More and more children and adults are dying from prescription drug abuse.

Prescription Drugs Lead to Increased Number of Traffic Fatalities

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The last two or three decades have seen a shift not only in attitudes toward drug use, but also in the number of drugged drivers making their way down America’s highways and byways. From 1993 to 2010, the number of people who drove a car with at least three separate drugs in their system jumped from 11.5 percent to 21.5 percent. The chief offenders according to a recent study? People over 50 years old.

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Multiple Drug Use Blamed in Xanax Fatalities

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Xanax is the most common brand name for alprazolam, a sedative used to treat people affected by panic disorder and certain other health conditions classified as anxiety disorders. Every year, a small but significant number of alprazolam users die from causes associated with intake of the medication.

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CDC Calls Prescription Drug Abuse a Public Health Epidemic

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Personal stories sometimes bring home the great tragedy that is prescription drug abuse. It’s a problem the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants Americans to be better informed about.

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Death Toll From Prescription Drugs Difficult to Count

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It’s been called the silent and invisible epidemic, and for good reason. Prescription drug abuse is often difficult to spot until it takes the life of the user.

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Consequences of Rx Drug Misuse

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The tragic consequences that come with improper drug disposal are highlighted again in the case of the recent toddler visiting his grandma at her nursing home. The toddler was exposed to a fentanyl patch that had been improperly discarded, according to FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg.

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Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Drugs is Dangerous

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The recent death of Whitney Houston has brought the danger of mixing prescription medications with alcohol back to the fore. While it will be some time yet before official toxicology reports determine the cause of the star’s death, the presence of alcohol and Xanax in her hotel room has led to early conclusions that the combination of these substances is responsible for her demise.

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Deaths from Prescription Drugs Top Car Crashes and Illegal Drugs

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In just over three decades, the number of people who have lost their lives to prescription painkillers in the U.S. has risen to a level six times higher than in 1980, prompting officials to wonder if the message about prescription drugs is really getting through. Experts are also noting in recent articles that the evidence is clear: While illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin used to be responsible for the most drug-related deaths, today the culprit is abuse of prescription drugs.

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Phenobarbital Poses Extreme Danger to Teens who Abuse Drugs

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Phenobarbital Poses Extreme Danger to Teens who Abuse DrugsLong praised for their ability to quiet the brain and relax the patient, the line between a safe amount of barbiturate and a potentially deadly dose is a fine one. Phenobarbital is a type of barbiturate becoming increasingly popular among teens, who may not know its dangers – a problem that garners attention from parents, educators and doctors.

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