Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment
Prescription drug abuse has also resulted in the phenomenon known as doctor shopping, in which a patient contacts multiple physicians for the drugs; little-to-now effort is made in these cases to coordinate care or treatment. The Way Out Recovery recognizes this growing problem and has compiled extensive information regarding the effects of various prescription drugs, signs of their abuse and treatment facilities that specialize in prescription drug abuse.
If you feel you or your loved one must be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for prescription drug abuse, please call 888-373-5963 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.
Most common abused prescription drug categories:
- Opioids (codeine, oxycodone, morphine, et.al)
- Central nervous system (CNS) depressants (barbiturates and benzodiazepines)
- Stimulants (dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate)
If you have been taking a medicine in a way that’s different from what your doctor prescribed, it is called prescription drug abuse. According to prescription drug abuse statistics, it’s becoming a major problem in the United States. Prescription drug abuse could be:
- Taking a medicine prescribed to someone else
- Taking a larger dose than you should take
- Taking a medicine in a very different manner than you are supposed to. This may include crushing your tablets, and injecting or snorting them.
- Using a medicine for some other recreational purpose, like getting high
Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Drug Abuse
Although most medicines are synthesized and aim to provide you with some relief, their effects can’t be isolated to the designated condition or injury. Some undesired side effects can be expected of these prescribed medication, ranging from relatively benign (drowsiness or headaches) to uncomfortable (irritation of bowels) to very dangerous (slow breathing or raised blood pressure).
It is worth mentioning that some symptoms can even go beyond basic physical discomfort, and affect the person’s behavior or mood, such as hallucinations, short temperedness and irritability. Due to the varied responsiveness of the medication from one person to another, symptoms can be quite diverse. Sometimes, symptoms may even occur in people who follow all the instructions precisely.
Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
Once a person becomes addicted to medication, dependency on the drug may cause erratic behavior, especially when the supply of this medication becomes scarce. It may even happen when the tolerance increases. The person may be increasingly panicked, and may go to some extremes to get the medication. This includes stealing prescription, forging prescriptions, visiting multiple doctors, and more.
Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics
Every day in the United States of America, around 3,000 youngsters abuse a prescription medication for the first time. Although this problem is more prevalent in the United States, it is also common in Southern Africa, South Asia and Europe. In the United States alone, over 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, including heroin, inhalants, cocaine and more.
According to prescription drug abuse statistics, these medications cause the largest percentage of death from drug overdose. In 2005, more than 22,000 people died of drug overdose in the United States of America. Moreover than 35% people drying of drug overdose were the results of an opioid painkiller overdose.
Statistics revealed that prescription drug abuse is increasing at an alarming rate. Not only do patients become inadvertently addicted during their treatment, prescriptions have become recreational among adolescents, creeping into the middle school culture and ranking #2 after marijuana as the drug of choice for young people today — and prescription drugs are responsible for more than 40% of ER admissions for overdoses. Because they’re legal, many fail to recognize the real dangers.
The stimulant Ritalin and similar products used to treat ADD and ADHD are also on the rise. In one study, 34% of students prescribed ADHD meds were approached about selling or trading. In most cases of prescription drug abuse among teens, these substances are available in their own homes, with parents aware of their children’s activity. Sold for varying amounts to peers, acquiring prescriptions often require minimal effort. For young adults with more readily available income, Internet vendors are the primary sources of acquisition.