Prescription Drug Facts

Siobhan Morse, Executive Director of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies discusses Prescription Drug Facts.

 What are the common misconceptions about prescription drug abuse?

There is a reason that prescription drugs are intended to be taken under the direction of a doctor. If used improperly, they can be dangerous.

Teens are making the decision to abuse prescription medications based on misinformation. In fact, many people think that abusing prescriptions drugs is safer than abusing illicit drugs.

However, as the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly.


Prescription Drug Facts

What Is Prescription Drug Abuse?

Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes the medication that was prescribed for someone else, or takes their own prescription in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed.

Abuse can include taking a friend or relative’s prescription to get high, to treat pain, or because you think it will help with studying or losing weight.

What Are The Most Commonly Abused Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs?

Opioids, such as the pain relievers, the Oxycontin and Vicodin, are commonly abused. Central nervous system depressants, for example, Xanax and Valium, and stimulants such as Concerta and Adderall also are the most commonly abused prescription drugs.

Drugs available without a prescription, also known as over-the-counter drugs can be abused. DXM, the active ingredient in most cough suppressants found in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications is one example. It’s sometimes abused to get high which require large doses that can be very dangerous.


Prescription Drug Facts

Prescription Drug Facts



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