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Prescription Drug Abuse

Explains how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems.

Published: January 2009


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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart

Offers a list prescription drugs commonly abused, including depressants, opioids and morphine derivatives, and stimulants, and provides their common and street names, how they are generally administered, and their potential health effects.

Published: September 2002
Revised: October 2011

Scientists show how gene variant linked to ADHD could operate

A study using mice provides insight into how a specific receptor subtype in the brain could play a role in increasing a person's risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


A Faculty Development Workshop for Primary Care Preceptors: Helping Your Residents Care for Patients Requesting Opioids for Chronic Pain

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Uses a case study to explore the terminology, epidemiology, and management strategies when considering the use of opioids for patients who are at risk for prescription drug abuse.

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Minimizing the Misuse of Prescription Opioids in Patients With Chronic Nonmalignant Pain

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Uses a case study to address the management of patients with chronic nonmalignant pain that integrates techniques to prevent and detect misuse of prescription opioids.

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A Problem-Based Learning Case on Prescription Drug Abuse - Patient S.K.

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Examines prescription drug abuse and offers a case study to help students understand the screening and diagnostic tools available for alcohol and drug abuse.

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Patient-Centered Learning: Substance Abuse in a Physician - The Connor Johnson Case

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Highlights substance abuse among physicians and offers a case study to help students understand the risks and signs of drug abuse in the physician population.

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High Rates of Illegal Drug Use Among Alcohol-Dependent Adults

Highlights data on the prevalence of rates of illegal drug use and nonmedical use of prescription drugs among adults dependant on alcohol, as compared with the general population.

Prescription Drug Abuse: An Introduction

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Provides an overview of prescription drug abuse, framed within the clinical scenario of chronic pain management in the outpatient setting.

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Opioid Risk Management Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE)

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Uses performance-based assessments to examine approaches to managing patients who require long term opioid analgesics for chronic pain.

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