Prescription Abuse

Prescription Abuse Effects
Prescription Abuse

Prescription abuse.

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 48 million people have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. That is approximately 1/5 of the United States population. There has been a tremendous increase in prescription drug abuse recently. This has led to an increase in the openings of drug rehabilitation facilities. Prescription drug addiction is the leading drug addiction in the United States today.

Classes Of Prescription Drugs Abused

Many people think that because the drug has been prescribed by a licensed physician, there is no danger in taking it. This is anything but true. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that there are three classes of prescription drugs that are most often abused.

These three classes are:


Used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders


Used to treat many different levels of pain


Used to treat ADD and narcolepsy

All of these painkillers can improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from chronic pain. However, they can also be life threatening. These drugs should never be mixed with alcohol or other substances that depress the central nervous system. To do so could cause respiratory distress, or even death.

Many drugs in the opioid family that are abused are:

    • Oxycontin
    • Dilaudid
    • Vicodin
    • Demerol
    • Percocet
    • Fentanyl
    • Morphine
    • Lorcet
    • Duragesic


Prescription AbuseSome patients unknowingly become addicted to prescription medication. They may take more of the medicine than prescribed by taking several at one time or by taking it much more frequently than prescribed. They may not realize they are addicted until they are out of the medicine. This is when they will experience withdrawal symptoms. If the doctor will not prescribe more of the medication, the individual may start doctor shopping or going to something called ‘pill mills’ to obtain more of the drug.

Pill mills are clinics which dispense powerful medications inappropriately. Many call themselves “pain clinics”. An individual can go to one of these clinics and tell the doctor the name of the drug and the strength they want with no questions asked. Most of the time, the individual doesn’t even have a physical exam. Pill mills usually accept cash only. These people have no regard for human life. They are simply there to make fast money.

Prescription Abuse In Teens and Young Adults

Oftentimes, teenagers and young adults experiment with prescription drugs to experience the effects of them, just to see what it feels like. Prescription drugs are easily accessible to young adults. Many actually get them from the medicine cabinet at their homes or maybe at their grandparents’ homes. If they like the effects they get from the drugs, they tell their friends, and the drug usage just spreads from there. If they can’t find the drugs at home, they can always purchase them illegally.

So many individuals today feel that they have to have a pill to help them sleep, to wake them up, a pill for every little ache and pain they experience, or a pill to help them with stress in their lives. We have become a nation of pill poppers. It is just so easy to go to the doctor and tell them you need a pill to help with some ailment you have, and it’s a sad fact that many doctors are ignorant to the truth about prescription drug addiction today. Some people go to the doctor pretending to have some pain or need some tranquilizer, or even a stimulant. Then they turn around and sell them on the streets or to friends. They never even take the prescription. They only obtain them to make money from selling them.

Once an individual accepts the fact that they are addicted and need treatment for their addiction, we can help. Finding the right drug addiction center can be the hardest part of the recovery process. Our referral specialists evaluate each client to learn about their individual needs and preferences. We offer these services at no charge to you. The devastation of accepting drug addiction is hard enough. Most people don’t know where to turn when this happens. That’s when you need to contact us at We can walk you through the steps needed to choose the perfect drug addiction treatment center for you or your loved one.

Prescription drug abuse is more common than you may think. It is not something to be ashamed to admit to having or something to try to hide. The sooner you accept the fact that you need help, the sooner you will become a healthy, drug-free individual again.

Contact us at to learn more about a treatment facility for you or your loved one.