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Prescription Drug Abuse Problem Persists

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As a result, women work very hard to keep up a good front that ‘everything is OK’ and they ‘have it all together.’”

Roseann Rook, a clinical addictions specialist at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, said in an email that she’s not surprised by the results of the survey, including the part where many women still keep up appearances during their addiction.

“Part of the reason is that these women are overachievers and super moms,” Rook said. “At the start of the addiction, their use is a positive contributing factor because with the stress reduced by alcohol or drugs, they are more productive.”

So what is the outlook for this epidemic of abuse?

Rook believes that with the potential tracking of prescription drug use in the future, there will be a decrease in prescription drug abuse and an increase in heroin abuse. However, the continual release of new prescription drugs could add more risks for abuse as well.


Caron Treatment Centers. Women Who Sought Treatment for Drug Addiction at Caron Treatment Centers Cite Prescription Medication and Heroin as Leading Drugs of Choice, New Survey Reports. Web. March 18, 2014.

Drugs.com. FDA Approves Xartemis XR. Web. March 18, 2014.

Weaver, Rheyanne. FDA Approves Opioid Zohydro Without Abuse-Deterrent Formula. Web. March 18, 2014.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths. Web. March 18, 2014.

George Washington University. Researchers Find Significant Increase in Painkillers Prescribed to U.S. Adults Visiting Emergency Departments. Web. March 18, 2014.

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