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Prescription medication abuse

It’s time to talk about Codeine Addiction – SA’s silent dependence

Codeine is a moderately strong opiate drug that is used to manage physical pain as a result of conditions such as arthritis, migraines and severe headaches or to relieve pain after surgeries.

When codeine is broken down by the body it turns into morphine which is a much stronger painkiller from the opioid family and is used in the manufacture of heroin.

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Abusing Tranquilizers an unwitting dependency

For years, tranquilizers have been the go-to treatment for any person struggling with anxiety. Doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists prescribe them to just about anyone displaying the general set of symptoms associated with anxiety disorders.

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Substance Abuse – Another warning about Ritalin Abuse

When people talk about substance abuse or drug abuse, they generally refer to harder, potent drugs such as Cocaine, Tik or Heroin.

Understandably so, as these drugs are illegal, and they do cause drug addiction, and we know they can cause serious physical, mental and psychological harm to users.

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Kiddie Cocaine - Ritalin rattles drug abuse

Methylphenidate is commonly known as Ritalin, Concerta or Tranquilyn.

It is a central nervous system stimulant that is used by adults and children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It has also been used to treat narcolepsy, mild depression, and when combined with other pharmaceutical drugs has been used in the treatment of chronic pain.

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