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Beware the downside of prescription drugs

In recent years, there has been an apparent increase in the number of young adults in Arkansas and elsewhere who suffer from chronic pain. You or someone you know might be struggling with neck or back pain from an athletic injury. Or perhaps you are one of many who suffer from frequent migraines. Across the nation, doctors' offices are full of patients requesting help for pain relief, many of them under age 25.

In fact, there have been several physicians who have gotten into trouble after patients for whom they'd written prescriptions suffered overdoses and died. When it comes to prescription medication, there are many types of drugs that patients cannot take simultaneously due to adverse effects that their interactions may cause. This is one of the reasons there are strict laws regarding prescription drug use and distribution.

Safeguard your cellphone from illegal search and seizure.

It may have been late when you were speeding home or maybe your license plates were expired. Whatever the reason, you knew you'd be explaining your situation with an officer when you saw the police lights in your rearview mirror. As you were motioned to drive to the road's shoulder, you reviewed the lessons you'd been taught about interaction with law enforcement: speak respectfully to the officer, clearly explain your situation, avoid making quick moves and stay calm.

License and registration? Handing those over is a no-brainer. Cellphone? This request requires a little more thought. You don't want to cause trouble, but your cellphone stores personal information that you don't feel comfortable sharing. On your phone, you may have documented almost all aspects of your life: friends in your list of contacts, correspondence through e-mails or texts, photos or internet searches saved on your hard drive. What could be an innocent message or photo could be misinterpreted by one with the proper motivation. You don't want to cause trouble, but you want to protect your privacy.

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