Misuse of prescription drugs is a serious public health problem in the United States with results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, showing an estimated 2.1 million Americans using prescription drugs nonmedically. The term nonmedical use of prescription drugs refers to:

    • taking prescription drugs in a manner or dosage other than prescribed
    • taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain
    • taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., to get high)

The most common misused medications are:

Opioids  — usually prescribed to treat pain 

Central Nervous System [CNS] Depressants (this category includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics) — used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders

Stimulants — most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Individuals addicted to prescription drugs should not attempt to stop taking them on their own. Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can be severe and—in the case of certain medications—potentially life-threatening.

If you or someone you know has become addicted to prescription drugs, Florida Center for Recovery is here to help. Our rehab facility offers specialized prescription drugs rehab programs through our all-inclusive inpatient detox and rehabilitation services. For more information call our admissions department at:  800-851-3291

Category: Prescription Drug Addiction on 15 May 2018


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