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<a href='/the-exchange/prescription-drug-misuse-in-the-united-states'>Prescription Drug Misuse in the United States</a>

Prescription Drug Misuse in the United States

Narcotic prescription medications have important medical uses, but they also stimulate the reward center of the brain. In susceptible individuals, this can lead to misuse, substance use disorders, addiction, and other serious consequences. Since the early 1990s, the number of prescriptions for some of these medications has increased dramatically and has consequently led to the development of an illicit market for these medications. more >

Found in: Health Policy and Trends, Substance Abuse

<a href='/the-exchange/the-real-risks-of-vaping-all-clinicians-must-ask-the-right-questions-and-warn-patients'>The Real Risks of Vaping: All Clinicians Must Ask the Right Questions and Warn Patients</a>

The Real Risks of Vaping: All Clinicians Must Ask the Right Questions and Warn Patients

Most of us have seen the recent news regarding the alarming rise of respiratory-related illnesses and deaths due to e-cigarettes, or vaping. For those not more >

<a href='/the-exchange/update-state-regulatory-environment-for-opioid-prescribing'>Update: State Regulatory Environment for Opioid Prescribing</a>

Update: State Regulatory Environment for Opioid Prescribing

As prescribers for patients with acute and chronic pain in primary care, NPs and PAs are very much aware of the national opioid epidemic, including ways in more >

<a href='/the-exchange/the-dilemma-of-the-opioid-crisis-and-cancer-pain'>The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain</a>

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The misuse of opioids and inappropriate prescribing patterns have led to addiction and overdose deaths in the United States that have risen sharply in the past more >

<a href='/the-exchange/vaping-what-parents-need-to-know'>Vaping: What Parents Need to Know</a>

Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

So what is vaping? Vaping is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vaping device. Vaping is illegal for anyone under the age of 18, and more >

<a href='/the-exchange/substance-use-disorders-in-youth'>Substance Use Disorders in Youth</a>

Substance Use Disorders in Youth

In the United States, about 5% of youth aged 12 to 17 will develop a substance use disorder (SUD) each year, but fewer than 10% of the 1.3 million youth who more >

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