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Prescription Drug Abuse

General Facts about Prescription Drug Abuse

  • Many prescription medications are just as addicting as illicit drugs.
  • The abuse of prescription and OTC medications has doubled in the last decade.
  • Around 25% of drug-related emergency department admissions are due to the abuse or misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

What types of prescription medications are most prone to abuse?

  • Opioids - commonly used to treat pain (e.g., Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percodan, Dilaudid)
  • Central nervous system depressants - commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders (e.g., Valium, Xanax, Nembutal, Seconal)
  • Stimulants - commonly used to treat sleep disorders (e.g., narcolepsy) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (e.g., Dexedrine, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta)


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