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Many prescription medications have the potential to become psychologically or physically addictive. The availability of these drugs makes prescription medication addiction a common feature in treating drug addictions.
While most prescription medication is beneficial to society, when taken incorrectly prescription medication can be as detrimental to patients as any other hard drug addiction.
Use of prescription drugs outside of medical applications continues to grow at an alarming rate. According to a 2016 study nearly 15% high school students are using prescription medication illegally.
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There are four main types of prescription drugs teens abuse:. tranquilizers, painkillers, stimulants and sedatives. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the most common of these are painkillers and stimulants. The age of the teen usually dictates the type of drugs she is abusing. Young teens have a tendency to look for analgesic, whereas older adolescents have a tendency to use stimulants.
Prescription medicines taken for, includes the following main categories:
- Sedatives: They are referred to as sedatives, because they affect the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and decreases brain function. Included are sedatives (used to make a person calm and sleepy) and other sedatives, intended to reduce tension or anxiety).
- Opiates and morphine derivatives: 1 They are commonly referred to as painkillers, as they contain opium-like substances and is used to relieve pain.
- Stimulants: A group of substances which are intended to increase energy and alertness. But that also increases blood pressure, pulse and breathing.
- Antidepressants: Psychiatric medications are supposed to handle depression.