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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.
According to The Partnership for a Drug Free America, one in five teenagers abused prescription painkillers, tranquilizers or stimulants. Many people turn to prescription drug abuse because of the false sense of security these drugs provide.
Addicts believe that drugs are safe because a doctor prescribed them. However, they do not take the various dosage amounts into account. Doctors taking age, sex, weight and symptoms of the patient into account when prescribing these drugs. Because teens do not have the training necessary to do this, overdose, abuse, extreme side effects and death is possible when teenagers abuse prescription drugs.
The most commonly abused prescriptions are sedatives and stimulants such as OxyContin and Vicodin.
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:
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