Archive for July, 2010

Are you worried about prescription drug abuse?

A new report indicates that prescription pain reliever abuse has increased dramatically across all sectors of society and is America’s fastest-growing drug problem.

Oxycontin is one of the most abused painkillers. AP Photo/Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael Snyder/FILE

Oxycontin is one of the most abused painkillers. AP Photo/Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael Snyder/FILE

The study was conducted by a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) findings suggest that prescription painkiller abuse has elevated to a level where it is a public health threat. Their study also found that “non-medical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the nation.” According to the SAMHSA study, substance abuse treatment admissions of those aged 12 and older involving abuse of prescription pain relievers rose by over 400 percent from 2.2 percent in 1998 to 9.8 percent in 2008. The study also found that emergency visits to hospitals involving the non-medical …

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Do you cover sneezes, coughs properly?

It may seem like a silly question. Most of us are taught by our parents to politely cover our mouth when coughing and the mouth and nose area when sneezing. It’s one of those common courtesies that we engage in so automatically that we barely think about it. But health experts say that is exactly the problem.

Add it to Lindsay Lohan's list of transgressions. According to health experts, she's covering her sneeze incorrectly. AP Photo/David McNew, Pool

Add it to Lindsay Lohan’s list of transgressions. According to health experts, she’s covering her sneeze incorrectly. AP Photo/David McNew, Pool

In order to reduce the spread of infectious germs, experts recommend not sneezing or coughing into your hand. All this does is transfer the germs to your hand, and unless you wash your hands immediately before touching a doorknob or other object, you will spread the germs to those items. Instead, experts recommend ‘the Dracula’ approach, which is to sneeze and cough into your elbow, as if you are drawing up your arm in a cape. Handkerchiefs are another option, though regular cleaning would be essential, otherwise you would just …

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