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Prescription Abuse Interventions
Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse continues to be on the rise affecting millions daily. There is a strong misconception that it is safe to take medications because it is prescribed by a doctor. Yet there are those that abuse the medication and take the medication as they feel needed, rather than as prescribed. Individuals that abuse prescription drugs run a higher risk of physical and mental dependency, which require them to consume more medication so they feel the medication effects. Abusing prescription medication can lead to major health problems along with a possible chance of overdose and addiction.
Most Commonly Abused Prescription Medication
Prescription drug medication can lead to a physical dependency which can cause a surge in the levels of dopamine in the brain. This allows the abuser to feel a pleasure signaling the brain to repeat this feelings and sensations. Most commonly abused medications:
- Opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and methadone.
- Central nervous system depressants, such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and sleep medications.
- Stimulants, such as amphetamines and methylphenidate.
Early Detection for Prescription Abusers
Early detection for prescription drug abusers can be a valuable tool in saving the individual from an addiction and overdose. How to determine if an individual has a higher risk of dependency can be vital. The risk factors are as follows, but are not limited to:
- Family history for dependency to the substance or mental health such as depression or anxiety
- Childhood trauma
- Using Intravenously or smoking to administer the prescription medications
Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics
Prescription drug abuse continues to be a significant problem in the United States. There are approximately 16 million Americans taking prescription medications non-medically.
Statistics have shown the most commonly abused medication is the following:
- 5.1 million abuse pain relievers
- 2.2 million abuse tranquilizers
- 1.1 million abuse stimulants
- .04 million abuse sedatives
If you need help finding the right treatment center or are in need of an intervention for a loved one with prescription drug abuse please call us today toll-free 1-866-631-0026. We can help.