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          Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

          March 24, 2010

          Prescription drugs can promote healing and well-being if taken for the right reasons, but if they’re taken with other drugs or used recreationally, the consequences can be deadly. The untimely death of several celebrities, including former child actor Corey Haim, who were found with prescription pill bottles by their side, has brought the prescription drug abuse epidemic to the limelight. This is a crisis happening everywhere from Hollywood, to high schools and even elementary schools.


          If you fear a loved one may be abusing prescription pills, watch for these warning signs:

          • Unresponsiveness
            The person may appear to have a “spaced-out” expression.
          • Memory Problems
            The person may experience blackouts where he or she does not remember parts of or all of the night before.
          • Thinking Problems
          • Rapid Weight Loss or Change in Eating Habits
          • Making More Mistakes than Normal
          • Irritability, Agitation and Anger
          • Changes in Sleep Patterns
          • Making Bad Decisions
          • Using Bad Judgment
          • Becoming More Socially Distant and Isolated in Many Areas of Life.

          If you see any of these signs, get help. You can call the Drug-Free America hotline at (800) 662-4357 or find an addiction medicine specialist. Treatments with high success rates are available.


          For more information, contact Dr. Harold Urshcel, Chief Medical Strategist for EnterHealth, at:, or call: (800) 388-4601.

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