Prescription Drug Addiction is the point at which a person takes a prescribed drug/medication for anything other than why the medical provider prescribed it. It has been estimated by the experts that in excess of 18 million individuals ages 12 and older have utilized prescription medications for non-medical reasons each year and that continues to increase yearly.
The abuse of drugs, even provider prescribed medications, can change how your mind functions. A great many people start by deciding to take these meds. However, after some time, the alterations in your brain influence your attitude and behavior which ultimately influence your capacity to use sound judgment. Simultaneously, people start to develop an addiction and urges to take more and more of the abused drug.
What Types of Prescription Drugs Are Commonly Abused?
- Opioids – Opioid painkillers like Codeine, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are on the rise for prescription drug addiction as they are being used commonly by individuals who are battling long term pain. Opioids can cause a mild joyful feeling. Some people using them illegally snort or inject them to get that effect faster. Injecting drugs raises your chances of getting diseases like HIV and hepatitis C.
- CNS (Central Nervous System) Depressants – Benzos, or Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium and Ativan) are prescribed to millions of Americans in order to treat sleep disorders or anxiety.
- Barbiturates – These are another type of CNS depressants that are used commonly for anesthesia and to treat seizures by medical providers. These can be especially addictive and dangerous whereas when they are combined with alcohol, it can slow heart rate and breathing that can result in death.
- Stimulants – Stimulants are used by medical providers to help boost alertness, attention and energy. The most common use for stimulants is for ADHD treatment and include (Vyvanse, Adderall and Concerta). Stimulant abuse — for instance, by taking them in higher doses or by crushing pills and snorting them — can lead to addiction. High doses can raise your body temperature. Misusing stimulants or using them along with decongestants may cause uneven heartbeat.