What is prescription drug abuse?
Following alcohol and marijuana, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused substances among Americans aged 14 and older. When a medication is taken in a way that is not intended, in an amount that is not prescribed, or taken by a person other than for whom it was prescribed, it is classified as drug abuse. Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be abused.
What prescription drugs are commonly abused?
A variety of prescription drugs are abused. The following are commonly abused classes and types of drugs:
• Opioids (used to treat pain) – including oxycodone (OxyContin®), fentanyl (Duragesic®), and hydrocodone (Vicodin®)
• Stimulants (used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy) – including dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®), amphetamines (Adderall®), and methylphenidate (Concerta® and Ritalin®)
• Central nervous system depressants (used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders) – including diazepam (Valium®), alprazolam (Xanax®), and pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®)
Do I need prescription drug rehab?
If you or a loved one has ever taken a prescription drug for a reason other than the one intended, in a way or amount other than that which was prescribed, or if you have taken a drug not prescribed to you, you may need prescription drug rehab. Prescription drug abuse can lead to various adverse health effects, and overdose may result in death. If you are ready to free yourself from prescription drug abuse, we encourage you to contact us today at Wasatch Crest Recovery. Our team is ready to help you achieve a full recovery.