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How Does HIPAA Protect My Personal Health Information?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulates and protects medical data that is transmitted or shared through any medium. Medical records are important for public health related uses such as disease control and prevention. The way medical records are stored and shared however, need to be…

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Are There Any International Efforts to Fight Addiction?

The United States has been long committed to reduce addiction among its population. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the US is home to over 14,000 drug treatment facilities including for-profit, private non-profit and government-operated facilities. In addition various local, state and…

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Why Do Doctors Prescribe Addictive Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug abuse is a problem that poses a growing public health threat. In 2010, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 7.0 million users took psychotherapeutic drugs such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives non-medically. Among adolescents prescription and over-the-counter medications…

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Is it Difficult to Pay for Treatment Without Insurance?

Entering treatment often means overcoming obstacles. For some figuring out how to pay for rehab tops the list. Lack of financial resources may be one factor behind a shocking statistic discovered by the Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That study found…

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Prescription Drug Abuse in Adults with Misdiagnosed ADHD

Many young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were diagnosed in childhood. Because ADHD symptoms are sometimes indiscernible from natural childhood behavior, misdiagnosis is common.
ADHD and Substance Abuse
According to the Mayo Clinic, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and…

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Wounded Veterans and Addiction

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website MedlinePlus lists shrapnel and gunshot wounds, spinal damage, lost limbs, head trauma, infection and the effects of environmental hazard as common injuries experienced by members of the US military. A 2013 Congressional report cited more than a quarter million traumatic brain injuries through…

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How Suboxone Addiction Is Represented in the Media

Suboxone is an addiction treatment, but it is also a drug of addiction. Even doctors and addicts can have trouble determining if Suboxone is on their side or against them. Reports of Suboxone addiction and media portrayals of Suboxone use often support a particular view of the drug, its use…

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Suboxone Use on College Campuses

Suboxone is a drug used to help opiate addicts overcome their dependency. It is used much like methadone is used to help addicts recover without quitting cold turkey. A doctor may prescribe Suboxone initially as a substitute for opiates, and the drug is then distributed in smaller and smaller doses…

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Retirees and Suboxone Addiction

In the US the common age for retirement is between 65 and 68. According to the 2010 United States Census 13% of the American population is 65 years old or older meaning nearly 40 million people are currently retired. Retirement and advancing age mean more than time off from work…

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Suboxone Abuse in Africa

Suboxone abuse is on the rise in Africa, especially in South Africa and other countries where heroin addiction is rampant. Africa has experienced an immense political transformation that has created social change and modernization as well as a sharp decline in traditional social, cultural, and family values. In addition, unemployment…

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How Cost and Availability Influence Suboxone Use

Suboxone is among one of the most popular opioid medications that has a potential to become habit-forming, despite its primary goal to help individuals struggling with opioid addiction end their abuse. Suboxone abuse is not limited to just one age group or ethic background, as people of all ages…

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Suburban Suboxone Use

Suburban areas used to offer a safe haven from opiate drug abuse, because heroin was commonly found in the cities, and also because prescription painkiller abuse had not yet changed the landscape of drug abuse. However, since 2002 a new drug called Suboxone was created to help treat opiate addiction…

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Suboxone Addiction and Senior Citizens

In 2008, the Consultant Pharmacist journal noted that the increased availability of prescription pain medication is a double-edged sword for the elderly: the pain relief improves the quality of life for some and increases the addiction risks for others. The article, “Prescription Drug Abuse in the Elderly,” said the…

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Do Good People Get Addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription drug that is often lumped into the same category as hard drugs like heroin and opiate painkillers. While all of these drugs are opiates, Suboxone is weaker and has many medical uses. However, a stigma has developed around using the drug, so society considers many people…

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