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If Prescription Drugs Were Dangerous Doctors Wouldn't Prescribe Them

February 6, 2010

 

Prescription drug use has become a huge problem. People from all over the United States are suffering from addictions to drugs prescribed by their doctors, purchased on the internet and from dealers. Some people mistakenly believe that prescription drugs are harmless, that they can’t be addicting and pose no danger even if they do. All of these contentions are false. Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as any that a person can buy on the streets, can cause just as much physical damage and can even lead to death.

 

Many prescription drugs are highly addictive. In fact, some drugs which are illegal today were once legal and prescribed by physicians and even were ingredients in over-the-counter medications, for example, cocaine. Some current prescription drugs are just as powerful and addicting and may even be outlawed one day.

 

Some drugs, such as narcotic pain relievers, are extremely addicting and many users have become dependent on them. Sometimes these individuals have been prescribed them and become hooked on them. Other individuals simply used them recreationally because they enjoy them. Besides relieving pain, narcotic pain relievers also cause euphoric feelings, which is why some people abuse them.

 

Some of the most commonly abused drugs are oxycontin, vicodin, hydrocodone, Xanax and Ritalin. These are a mixture of narcotic pain relievers, benzodiazapines, anti-anxiety medications and ADHD medications. Prescription drugs of all classifications can potentially be addicting and very dangerous. To avoid developing a dependency, it is always best to follow the instructions regarding their use given by ones doctor. Individuals should also avoid taking them recreationally as well. Dangerous and deadly interactions with other drugs and/or reactions from the medications may occur with the user totally unaware of the potential dangers they face.

 

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