Prescription Drugs

Pharmaceutical drug abuse has become increasingly problematic in recent years. Instead of purchasing drugs from local dealers, many people are abusing the medications prescribed to them by their doctors. Large numbers of individuals are getting high from the drugs right from their medicine cabinet.

When addicts run out of prescription medications, or are no longer able to secure them from their physicians, many resort to illegal or unethical behaviors in order to obtain them. They may begin to steal drugs from others, become involved in prescription forgery, purchase prescription drugs online or buy them from drug dealers. Doctor shopping is another common approach to securing prescription drugs.

As pharmaceutical abuse becomes a major issue in Northern America, law enforcement officials as well as healthcare workers and others in the community, are often at a loss concerning how to control or even slow it down. It is growing at an alarming rate and is affecting just about every part of the community. Individuals from all different socio-economic backgrounds, races and age groups are using prescription medications for purposes that they were never intended. Especially alarming is its abuse amongst teenagers and adolescents.

Prescription drug abuse is a rising threat within the teen population. Teenagers are using depressants (ex. Xanax, Valium,) narcotic pain relievers (ex. Vicodin, OxyContin), Tranquilizers (ex. Ketamine) and stimulants (ex. Ritalin) for recreational use. Steroid use is also a concern, especially among athletes.

A study done by Drug Free America found that 1 in 5 teenagers had taken a prescription drug in a manner they were not supposed to, i.e., abuse. 1 in 5 teenagers had abused a prescription tranquilizer and 1 in 10 had abused medications prescribed for coughs.  These are pretty alarming figures, 1 in 5 is 20% of our nation’s teens.

Prescription drug abuse is very dangerous. Unfortunately, not everyone understands this until it is too late. Many mistakenly assume that drugs prescribed by their physicians are somehow safer then those purchased on the street. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and addicting as illegal ones. In fact, some of the drugs which are illegal (example: cocaine) today, at one time could actually be purchased lawfully, right from the local corner store or pharmacy.

Prescription Basics

  An addiction to prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and damaging to a person’s life, health and psyche as one to illegal drugs. Some prescription medications are just as powerful and addicting as any drug available on the street. It is that sense that prescription meds aren’t quite as bad as street drugs that snare many people, at least initially. However, this isn’t the only reason that this form of drug abuse has skyrocketed in recent years. Convenience, sa...

Prescription Addiction

  The signs of prescription drug addiction are similar to those commonly associated with illegal drug use. In fact, there really isn’t much difference physically between the two. They affect the body in the same way and so people will exhibit similar behaviors when hooked on them. Common signs include the addict being laser-like focused on securing drugs. They may also become very secretive about their whereabouts and/or suddenly disappear for short periods of time.  This may...

Prescription Dangers

  The effects of long-term and chronic use of prescription medications will differ based on the medication being abused. There are however, outcomes and risks commonly associated with this sort of addiction. They include death due to overdose as well as damage to the liver and/or kidneys.  A person may also develop heart problems, increasing their risk for heart attack and failure.  The breakdown of the relationships between the addict and their family and friends is another p...

Prescription Legality

    Prescription drugs are perfectly legal as long as they have been prescribed by an individual’s doctor. It is when they are obtained aside from a physician or distributed by someone without the proper credentials that issues of legality arise. While individuals can certainly get into trouble for being in possession of prescription drugs that hadn’t been prescribed to them, the persons who find themselves in the most hot water are those with plans to distribute them....

Prescription Mixing

  Mixing drugs, whether they are illegal or prescription ones is dangerous and should mostly be avoided unless a doctor gives the ok. Some drugs are perfectly safe to take together. Others however, can be extremely dangerous, even deadly when combined. The problem is unless one’s doctor explicitly states that a particular drug should not be used with the one they prescribed, a person may have no idea which drugs they should stay away from. Because it is often not possible for a ph...

Prescription Questions and Answers

  A.       Is it really possible to get hooked on prescription drugs? Yes, it is possible to become addicted to prescription medications. The fact that some people don’t believe this to be true is the cause of many needless addictions and damaged lives. Prescription medications can be just as addicting as any drug sold on the streets. Hopefully, once people become aware of this fact and begin to respect the potential danger, fewer will experiment with...

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