Some prescription drugs are commonly abused, particularly those marketed as analgesicsincluding fentanyl Duragesichydrocodone Vicodinoxycodone OxyContinoxymorphone Opanapropoxyphene Darvonhydromorphone Dilaudidmeperidine Demeroland diphenoxylate Lomotil.
When people continue to use the drug despite a range of negative consequences, it is considered an addiction.
See more on side effects below. Deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs have been increasing since the early s, largely due to increases in misuse of prescription opioid pain relievers.
Side effects can be worse when prescription drugs are not taken as prescribed or are used in combination with other substances. Emphasize the importance of taking the prescribed dose and talking with the doctor before making changes.
Misusing any type of drug that causes changes in your mood, perceptions, and behavior can affect judgment and willingness to take risks—putting you at greater risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases STDs.
They are then issued unique Drug Enforcement Act numbers; many other mental and Prescription drug health technicians, including basic-level registered nursesmedical assistantsemergency medical technicians, most psychologists, and social workers, for example, do not have the authority to prescribe any controlled substance.
Emphasize to your teen that just because drugs are prescribed by a doctor doesn't make them safe — especially if they were prescribed to someone else or if your child is already taking other prescription medications. Risk factors for prescription drug abuse include: Past or present addictions to other substances, including alcohol and tobacco Family history of substance abuse problems Certain pre-existing psychiatric conditions Exposure to peer pressure or a social environment where there's drug use Easier access to prescription drugs, such as having prescription medications in the home medicine cabinet Lack of knowledge about prescription drugs and their potential harm Older adults and prescription drug abuse Prescription drug abuse in older adults is a growing problem, especially when they combine drugs with alcohol.