If you are reading this, you are most likely seeking help for yourself or a loved one with a prescription drug addiction. Perhaps, you are doing some research on prescription drug abuse for a project of some kind or you may just have a personal interest in this area.
Whatever the case, this will be able to provide you with some useful information.
According to the White House Drug Policy, there are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused:
• Opioids such as Codeine, Oxycodone, and Morphine
• Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium.
• Central Nervous System stimulants such as drugs like Adderall or Ritalin.
These three types of medications are frequently prescribed and dispensed. All three can be addictive and have presented many problems for the user.
Painkillers are drugs commonly prescribed for pain and are only legally available by prescription. Painkiller abuse can be dangerous, even deadly, with too high a dose or when taken with other drugs, like alcohol. Short-term effects of painkiller abuse may include lack of energy, inability to concentrate, nausea and vomiting, and apathy. Significant doses of painkillers can cause breathing problems. When abused, painkillers can be addictive.
Narconon drug rehab centers have reported seeing a significant increase in the abuse of painkillers. According to the facility, the most common painkillers that are being abused currently are Oxy Contin, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.
Depressants, or downers, are given out to treat a variety of health problems including anxiety and panic attacks, tension, severe stress reactions, and sleep disorders. Also referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers, depressants can slow normal brain function. Health risks related to depressant abuse include respiratory depression, loss of coordination, dizziness due to lowered blood pressure, slurred speech, poor concentration, feelings of confusion, and in extreme cases, coma and even possible death.
Some of the most commonly abused depressants include Valium or Xanax.
Stimulants, or speed, are most often prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but they are also used to treat a variety of conditions such as asthma, respiratory problems, obesity, and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. When taken in higher doses, these drugs can produce euphoric effects and counteract sluggish feelings. Health risks related to stimulant abuse include increased heart and respiratory rates, excessive sweating, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, hostility and aggression, and in severe abuse, suicidal/homicidal tendencies, convulsions, and cardiovascular collapse.
Some commonly abuse stimulants are drugs like Ritalin or Adderall.
It’s easy to see how these drugs can be abused and become addictive for the user. There are definitely situations that call for prescription drug use. However, today this has become a widely overused and abused problem.
Unfortunately to monitor each and every use of prescriptions would cost taxpayers vast amounts of money and is not a reasonable response to this growing problem. The only logical solution is educating and making the public aware of the dangers that could arise and rehabilitating those already addicted to prescriptions.
For more information call Narconon 800-468-6933.