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Syracuse is the fifth most populated city in the state of New York, with a growing population of 145,170 according to the 2010 census. Located in the county seat of Onondaga County, its metropolitan area has a population of 742,603. Syracuse works as the economic and educational hub of Central New York. Syracuse is home to Syracuse University which is a major research university, it is also home to several smaller colleges and professional schools. Syracuse was rated 4th in the top 10 places to raise a family in Forbes Magazine.
Many of Syracuse’s residents are silent victims to prescription abuse
Most do not intend to be come addicted to prescription drugs, it just happened. When taking a medication prescribed by a doctor such as a pain reliever, the effects of the drug can become addictive and a tolerance can develop. Students will take stimulants as a one time thing to study for an exam but before they know it they are taking the drug daily just to function. Some just take prescription drugs to get high because they are under the misconception that prescription drugs are safer that illicit drugs. Not drug taken incorrectly is safe and that is why we have such a growing problem throughout New York and even throughout the United States. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that close to 20 percent of people (48 million) over the age of 12 in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that nearly 3 million teenagers and young adults (those aged 12 to 25) become new abusers of prescription drugs. 56 percent of the 6 million new prescription drug abusers were over the age of 18. Prescription drug abuse can be damage the body, and even be fatal. According to NIH, emergency room visits due to prescription drug about are on the rise. Since 1990, mentions of tranquilizers by emergency departments have increased by 170 percent. For prescription pain relievers, emergency departments report a 450 percent increase in mentions. More than 200,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country each year are because of prescription drug abuse.
Signs of prescription drug addiction
- Complaining of vague symptoms to get more medication
- Lack of interest in treatment options other than medications
- Mood swings
- Seeing several doctors and/or pharmacies to get more pills
- Past history of drug addiction
- On and off relief from anxiety
- Using more than the recommended dose or dosage frequency of the medication
- Using prescription pills prescribed for others
Syracuse NY Treatment Facilities
If you or someone you know are showing signs of prescription drug addiction contact a Syracuse NY treatment facility today. Do not fall for the lie of prescription drugs are safe, when use improperly they are not and pose a great threat to your health. It is time to start on the road of recovery and Syracuse treatment facilities can help you reach your goal of sobriety.