Prescription Drugs Frequently Abused Today

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Prescription Drugs Frequently Abused Today

Did you know that in 2010 there were around 16 million people who used prescription drugs but not for medical reasons? Today there are different kinds of prescription medications abused which include stimulants, opioids, depressants and drugs that contain morphine. A break-down of some of the prescription drugs that are frequently abused and misused most often include the following:

  1. Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal and Phenobarbital are barbiturates (depressants) and they're commonly ingested or injected when used for non-medical reasons.

  2. Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, and Xanax are benzodiazepines (depressants) and are commonly ingested when used for non-medical reasons.

  3. Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta are medications to help induce sleep (depressants). They are also known as Zolpidem, Zaleplon, and Eszopiclone and are usually ingested or snorted when used for non-medical reasons.

  4. Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Dilaudid, Opana, Numporphan, Numorphone, Demerol, Meperidine hydrochloride, Darvon and Darvocet are opioid painkillers which are either swallowed, snorted, injected, or chewed when used for non-medical reasons.

  5. Biphetamine, Dexedrine, and Adderall are amphetamines (stimulants) and are either injected, ingested, snorted or smoked with used for non-medical reasons.

  6. Concerta and Ritalin are also stimulant drugs that are snorted, ingested or injected when used for non-medical reasons.

  7. Medications containing codeine such as Empirin, Fiorinal, Robitussin AC and Tylenol are also abused today by either swallowing or injecting the medication.

  8. DXM is found in some cold and cough medications and people ingest more than the prescribed amount with the intentions of getting high.

  9. Medications that contain morphine such as Roxanol and Duramorph are also abused by ingesting, smoking or injecting when used for non-medical reasons.

Prescription drugs are being abused today more than ever before and the amount of people overdosing on prescription painkillers is steadily increasing. Mixing alcohol with prescription pain medications is partially responsible for deaths related to prescription drug overdose. Other drugs like cocaine, heroin and benzodiazepines are also frequently combined with painkillers and associated with prescription drug overdose and death.

Even though there are many different kinds of prescription drugs being abused today, the amount of people abusing prescription painkillers are steadily growing. Prescription pain medications are very addictive and many teenagers, young and older adults are using them for the purpose of getting high and risking accidental overdose and death.

In 2010 alone there were over 12 million people that admitted using prescription pain killers and the numbers continue to grow.

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