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Pharmacists have the ability to play a key role in preventing prescription drug abuse and addiction by making it a point to provide clear information and advice about how to take a medication appropriately, about the effects the medication may have, and about any possible drug interactions. Pharmacists can help to curtail the incidents of prescription fraud or diversion by keeping a keen eye out for false or altered prescription forms. Many pharmacies have developed "hotlines" to alert other drug stores that are in the same region when a fraud has been detected.
Among full-time college students 18 to 22 years of age, boys were more likely than girls to report all three levels of drinking in 2001. Of the full-time undergraduates, 67.5 percent of boys and 59.2 percent of girls reported current alcohol use. Among full-time male college students, 52.6 percent reported binge drinking and 25.5 percent reported heavy drinking. About one third (33.5 percent) of female full-time college students reported binge drinking in 2001 and 11.7 percent reported heavy alcohol use.
Marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.
Most binge and heavy alcohol users are employed. Among the 43.9 million adult binge drinkers in 2001, 35.4 million (81 percent) were employed either full or part time. Similarly, 9.8 million (80 percent) of the 12.4 million adult heavy drinkers were employed.
Among adults aged 18 or older with past year MDE in 2008, about two thirds of those with no insurance (64.1 percent) and private insurance (69.8 percent) received treatment for depression in the past year compared with higher rates for those with Medicaid or CHIP (83.1 percent) and 83.5 percent of adults with other health insurance (including Medicare, CHAMPUS, TRICARE, CHAMPVA, VA, and other sources of health care or insurance).
Other risks of Dilaudid addiction can include uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that may last for several weeks, or in some instances, months.