What are commonly abused prescription drugs?

What are commonly abused prescription drugs?

 

Do you suffer from sleepless nights? Do you have chronic back pain? Do you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks? Do you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? While these are common disorders that many people live with and take medication for, the medications prescribed to treat these issues may be taken and abused by your child.

 

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

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

Some Coomonly Abused Prescription Drugs Are…

 

1. Oxycontin (Oxycodone): an opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. Users seek the euphoric, pain relieving and sedative effects. Users typically take the pill orally, crush the pill and snort it, or dilute it in water and inject it.

2. Xanax (Alprazolam): a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Users seek the euphoric and sedative effects. Users typically take the pill orally or crush the pill and snort it.

3. Adderall (Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine): a stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Users seek the euphoric and stimulant effects. Often used to increase focus and stay awake for longer periods of time. Users typically take the pill orally, crush the pill and snort it, or dilute it in water and inject it.

4. Vicodin (Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen): an opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. Users seek the euphoric, pain relieving and sedative effects. Users typically take the pill orally or crush the pill and snort it.

5. Percocet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen): an opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. Same use, effects, routes of administration and signs of abuse as Vicodin.

6. Valium (Diazepam): a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety, sleeplessness and muscle spasms. Users seek the euphoric and sedative effects. Users may take the pill orally or crush the pill and snort it.

7. Ambien (Zolpidem): a short acting sedative-hypnotic used to treat insomnia. Users seek the euphoric and sedative effects experienced a few hours after taking the pill. Users typically take the pill orally or crush the pill and snort it.

8. Promethazine/Codeine Syrup: an antihistamine and opiate cough suppressant used to treat cold symptoms, allergies and upper respiratory infections. Users seek the euphoric, pain relieving and sedative effects. Users typically take the syrup orally.

9. Phenobarbital: a barbiturate used as a sedative hypnotic and anticonvulsant. Users seek the euphoric and sedative effects. Users typically take the pill orally.

 

Consequences of Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

 

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.