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Abusing Over-The-Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everyday Drugs

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The government has approved them. You don't need a prescription. You can get them at practically any supermarket. So obviously over-the-counter medications can't be dangerous, right? Wrong.

When taken in ways other than directed, over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous as many illegal drugs. And because there's a false sense of security about the medications-and because they are in almost everyone's home medicine cabinet-the abuse...

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Abusing Over the Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everyday Drugs

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Overview

The government has approved them. You don't need a prescription. You can get them at practically any supermarket. So obviously over-the-counter medications can't be dangerous, right? Wrong.

When taken in ways other than directed, over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous as many illegal drugs. And because there's a false sense of security about the medications-and because they are in almost everyone's home medicine cabinet-the abuse and misuse of over-the-counter medications are on the rise.

Abusing Over-the-Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everydays Drugs presents the facts about this alarming trend. You'll learn what drugs are most misused, the effects of misused over-the-counter medications, and what the government is doing to stem the problem. You will also find suggestions on how to get help to stop abusing over-the-counter medications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422224250
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 What are Over-the-Counter Drugs? 9

2 The History of Over-the-Counter Drugs 37

3 Who Uses Over-the-Counter Drugs? 55

4 What are the Dangers of Over-the-Counter Drugs? 73

5 Treatment 89

6 Controversial Issues 109

Glossary 120

Further Reading 122

For More Information 123

Bibliography 124

Index 125

Picture Credits 127

Author/Consultant Biographies 128

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