Prescription Painkillers: History, Pharmacology, and Treatment (Google eBook)

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Hazelden Publishing, Aug 21, 2013 - Medical - 272 pages
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The definitive book on the impact of prescription painkiller abuse on individuals, communities, and society by one of America's leading experts on addiction.

In recent years, the media has inundated us with coverage of the increasing abuse of prescription painkillers.

Prescription Painkillers, the third book in Hazelden's Library of Addictive Drugs series, offers current, comprehensive information on the history, social impact, pharmacology, and addiction treatment for commonly abused, highly addictive opiate prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin , Vicodin, Percocet, and Darvocet.

Marvin D. Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer at Hazelden Foundation, provides context for understanding the current drug abuse problem by tracing their history and the varying patterns of use over time. He then offers an in-depth study of controversial issues surrounding these readily available drugs such as over-prescription by physicians and adolescent abuse. Included is a straightforward look at the leading treatment protocols based on current research.

  

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Contents

The Current Problem
1
The History of Opioids
17
Early Regulation and Treatment
29
The Background and Characteristics of Prescription Opioid Users
57
Characteristics of Abuse and Dependence
97
How Opioids Are Abused
121
Opioid Pharmacology and the Individual Opioids
137
The OxyContin Story
169
Twelve Step Programs for Opioid Abuse
191
Treatment of Prescription Opioid Addiction
201
References
221
Index
249
About the Authors
261
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