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Which Comes First, the Substance or the Addiction?

13 Oct Which Comes First, the Substance or the Addiction?

Substances themselves aren’t addictive, Gabor Maté, MD, said in his bestselling book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. “In the final analysis,” he wrote, “it’s not the activity or object that defines the addiction, but our relationship to whatever is the external focus of our attention or behavior.”
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17 Sep Researchers Identify Young People Most Likely to Abuse Prescription Drugs

Researchers Identify Young People Most Likely to Abuse Prescription DrugsYoung adult Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 are far more likely to abuse a prescription medication than older adults or younger teenagers. In addition to drug addiction, consequences of this abuse include non-fatal and fatal drug overdoses. In a study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, four U.S. institutions sought to determine if it’s possible to identify specific types or categories of prescription drug abuse in young adults. They also looked at how different patterns of abuse affect the risks for medication-related harm.
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10 Sep Which Prescription Medications Do College Students Abuse?

Which Prescription Medications Do College Students Abuse?In the U.S., several classes of mind-altering prescription medications are abused by a small but significant portion of the total population. Examples of the most commonly abused medications include opioid painkillers, stimulants and sedative-hypnotics (also known as tranquilizers). In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Skidmore College used survey information gathered in a small-scale project to estimate which classes of prescription medication are most commonly abused by young adults enrolled in college. The researchers also sought to identify the specific medications within each class that most often function as targets of abuse.
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