Posts By: Janet Russell

Prescription Drug Addiction Among Young Moms in the USA

Prescription drug abuse by young moms is hardly news. The practice has been around since the mid-1930s when amphetamines (Benzadrine Sulfate) were first prescribed by doctors to help women deal with the daily pressures of being wife and mother. However, it is not just physical fatigue that young mothers have to contend with. These days, …

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use in Veterans

Veterans Returning Home From War

How much do we really understand about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? The term is thrown around often enough these days not just for combat veterans but for victims of all types of traumas and catastrophes, like the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, suicide bombings, Katrina, tornadoes and hurricanes, car accidents and even …

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Drug Abuse and How It Affects Your Child’s Brain Development

While pregnant, women take extra precautions in order to protect the baby growing inside of them. Prenatal exposure to harmful substances puts the fetus in danger of developmental defects. Fetal brain development is particularly complex and vulnerable to every specific damage from maternal drug abuse depending on the timing, dosage and frequency of drug exposure. …

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College Students Found Likely to Share or Sell Prescribed Medication

When people share their prescription meds with others, surely is it no big deal? What could be so wrong about say, a college student helping a roommate who’s having difficulty concentrating by offering his/her own prescription meds? The intention is to help the other cope and survive the moment. It’s actually quite a sweet gesture, …

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