Thursday December 14 , 2017

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Life addicted to prescription drugs

addicted to prescription drugsMore than a million people in the UK are estimated to be addicted to prescription drugs known as benzodiazepines. But with withdrawal symptoms similar to those experienced by heroin addicts, those who find themselves addicted are calling for more help and a change in the way the drugs are prescribed.

Josh says he gets sweats and a sense of going mad if he stops taking his prescription drugs

“Being addicted is hellish. When I get up in the morning I need to take my meds so I can function, so I can be a whole person.”

Josh, 50, was first prescribed a benzodiazepine, a tranquiliser, as a hyperactive eight-year-old and has been addicted ever since.

 

Why do some people become addicts?

amy wine house drug problemsAmy Winehouse’s struggle with drink and drug addiction was well known, reflected in her music and widely reported in the media.
But how much do we understand addiction?
What causes it and why do some people become addicts while others do not?
Addiction is naturally associated with drink and drugs, but that is not the whole story.
The NHS points out that people can “become addicted to anything, from gambling to chocolate”.
 

Drinks firm sponsors midwife training on dangers of alcohol in pregnancy

 

Alcohol-related hospital admissions reach record level

man drinking beerThe number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England has topped one million for the first time, according to official statistics.
An NHS Information Centre report said admissions had increased by 12% between 2008-09 and 2009-10.
That includes liver disease and mental disorders due to alcohol abuse as well as some cancers, accidents and injuries.
The Department of Health will publish a new alcohol strategy later this year.
 
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