How are Prescription Drugs Abused?

How are Prescription Drugs Abused?

Prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed over the last 20 years and has become one of the most prolific drug epidemics the United States has ever seen. The unfortunate part is, many of these drugs are available right in your very own home.

Prescription drug abuse is a potentially life threatening habit of teenagers.

Prescription drug abuse is a potentially life threatening habit of teenagers.


What Prescription Drugs are Abused?

Drugs that have the potential to be abused are prescribed to people every day. You may have been prescribed a benzodiazepine for anxiety, or an opiate if you recently underwent surgery or are recovering from a painful accident.

The reality is, both of these are drugs that can be abused. Drugs like benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin), painkillers (Vicodin, Oxycodone), as well as stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin or antidepressants like Paxil or Prozac can all be abused in different ways.


Prescription Drugs can be Gateway Drugs

The reality is, the stigma between prescription drugs and hard drugs is drastically different, but it shouldn’t be. Many drug addicts started out simply by abusing painkillers that were prescribed to them, only to move on to harder drugs such as a meth and heroin.

Prescription drugs are the highest abused illicit substances by teenagers outside of marijuana. Street drugs help the user obtain the same high they are used to from a pill but in a cheaper and more potent form.


Legal & Lethal Consequences

Many teens don’t just take a few pills to ‘try them out’. Oftentimes different types of pills are combined in large amounts. Alcohol is also often involved, making the mixture exponentially lethal.

Locking up your prescription medication and taking an inventory of the drugs in your house can only go so far. Educate your children. The best thing you can do is to let them know the dangers of prescription drugs, whether they can be found in your home or not. For more information about prescription drugs and recovery, call us at (888)357-7577.