Navigation Links
Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Honors Red Ribbon Week in October
Date:10/21/2011

CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, October 22-30, Gateway Foundation is elevating awareness about the fastest growing form of substance abuse in the U.S., prescription drug abuse. As the largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment in Illinois, Gateway Foundation will build upon the Red Ribbon Week anti-drug education efforts taking place in schools by reaching out to parents and community leaders with resources addressing the growing concern of prescription drug abuse.

"Over the past few years the number of individuals treated by Gateway for prescription drug abuse has nearly doubled. While many assume that mainly teens struggle with this form of addiction in our experience, prescription drug abuse is more prevalent in older adults, women and people who consume alcohol on a daily basis," explains Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director, Gateway Foundation. Low cost and accessibility has fueled America's prescription drug abuse frenzy. Often free and easy to find, 70 percent of teens and adults who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from a friend or relative, often without their knowledge.

The term "abuse" of prescription drugs is defined as use without medical supervision for the intentional purpose of getting high. Opioids/narcotics/pain relievers, depressants and stimulants are the categories most commonly abused.  If a person gets in the habit of abusing pharmaceuticals, bad things can happen, including:

  • Individuals who abuse depressants, including benzodiazepines, tranquilizers, barbiturates and sedatives, place themselves at risk of seizures, respiratory depression and decreased heart rate.
  • Stimulant abuse can cause high body temperature, irregular heart rate, cardiovascular system failure and fatal seizures. It can also result in hostility or feelings of paranoia.
  • Individuals who abuse prescription drugs by injecting them expose themselves to additional risks, including contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and C and other blood-borne viruses.

Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse include:  constricted pupils, slurred speech, personality changes, mood swings, irritability, excessive energy, avoiding sleep; sweating, flushed skin, loss of appetite; and forgetfulness, sleepiness and clumsiness.

Be Proactive, Talk About the Facts
Gateway Foundation encourages parents to take advantage of Red Ribbon Week and continue the dialogue with their kids about the risks associated with all types of drugs and alcohol use. Children who learn the facts and dangers about drug use and underage drinking from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use than those who do not. Research shows when parents talk openly about the dangers of taking drugs and drinking with their children, teens have better self-control and develop more negative perceptions of these risky behaviors.

For more answers about prescription drug abuse including brochures for download, visit www.RecoverGateway.org/RxDrugs. If you know someone demonstrating signs of prescription drug or other substance abuse, Gateway Foundation can help.  For more information, visit www.RecoverGateway.org or call 877-321-RECOVER (877-321-7386) today for a free consultation.

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment is the largest provider of substance abuse treatment in Illinois, offering services for adolescents and adults at treatment centers throughout the state. As an organization, Gateway Foundation has treated over 425,000 people and currently helps more than 29,000 individuals a year reclaim productive healthy lives.  


'/>"/>
SOURCE Gateway Foundation Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. mPay Gateway Teams With Allscripts to Provide Point-of-Care Patient Payment Tools to Physician Practices Nationwide
2. Public Art to Complete Transformation of Key Gateway into Indianapolis
3. Gateway to Hope: Missouri Nonprofit Leads the Fight against Breast Cancer by Providing Donated Medical and Surgical Care at No Cost to Patients
4. Laureates Electronic Submission Gateway Approved
5. Kevin McHale Instrumental in Forming the Help Me Hear Foundation
6. AIDS Healthcare Foundation Names Homayoon Khanlou, M.D. as its Chief of Medicine, U.S.
7. CellCyte Genetics Corp. Enters Collaborative Research Agreement With Cleveland Clinic Foundation to Qualify Stem Cell Delivery in Damaged Heart Tissue
8. Nobel Prize Awarded to Foundation for Biomedical Research Board Member
9. The Oral Cancer Foundation Urges HPV Vaccination for Males
10. MedicAlert Foundation Joins The Alzheimers Association to Offer MedicAlert(R) + Alzheimers Association Safe Return(R) - Live 24-Hour Emergency Response for Wandering and Medical Emergencies
11. Phase 1 & 2 Data of Perifosine (KRX-0401) in Patients with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma Presented Today at the 25th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... , May 27, 2016 ... the Dario™ Diabetes Management Tool, today announced that the Company,s ... the Marcum MicroCap Conference being held June 1-2 in ... Invitational, being held June 7-9 in Los Angeles, ... will discuss recent corporate and operational milestones, including the U.S. ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... Amarantus BioScience Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: AMBS), ... Neurology and Orphan Diseases, today announced that President & CEO ... conferences: SeeThru Equity MicroCap Conference   ... City , NY When: Tuesday, May 31 st ... Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 East 42 nd ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... TARE (Transarterial Radio-embolization) Using ... and Overall Decreased Use of Hospital Resource ... specialist healthcare company, has today announced the publication ... of ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes ... using yttrium-90 glass microspheres is associated with cost ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Georgia State University ... specialty academic programs. , Answering to the increasing demand for curricular specializations, the ... law, and environmental and land use law. ,  , “The demand for lawyers ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... The Woodlands at John Knox ... new model of care for living and healing, celebrated its grand opening, today. The ... a Real Home provided by Empowered Staff. , “This is an incredibly fulfilling time ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... MadgeTech will be showcasing its line of ... Warner, New Hampshire at the MadgeTech headquarters. With products sold in more than 100 ... government agencies, including NASA. , In 2012, NASA strategically set up 17 RHTemp101A ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... An April Gallup survey found rising health care costs to be the top ... Living (SHSL) may not share those same worries thanks to a new bundled ... while holding the line on increasing their contributions, including premiums, deductibles and the portions ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Leadership ... solutions, today announced the organization has earned its ISO 13485 certification, indicating the ... compliant with all rules and policies associated with ISO quality standard 13485. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):