Prescription Drug Addiction
The fastest rising category of substance abuse in America, and probably the world, is prescription drug addiction. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently reported that more young people tried prescription drugs for the first time than those who tried marijuana for the first time. This means that if there is such a thing as a "gateway drug" - prescriptions are now it more than ever.
The common misconception by most teenagers and adults is that prescription drugs are safer because they are legal and come in a pill. They are also unfortunately more socially acceptable because they can come from a pharmacy and don't have to be snorted, smoked or injected. The problem is that prescription drugs are every bit as dangerous and addictive as street drugs.
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Types of Prescription Drugs
There are many more specific classifications of prescription drugs out there, but for our purposes we have broken down the most abused drugs as well as those that are hardest to get off of into four main categories.
Prescription painkillers are opiate narcotics and they represent the largest problem in terms of addiction. Since they are in the opioid family their addictive qualities are very high to go along with their painkilling effect. Some common painkillers include brand names of hydrocodone and oxycodone.
Another widely abused category is falls under sort of a mixed heading, depending on who you talk to. A class of drugs called benzodiazepines (often called benzos) are tranquilizers that are also commonly prescribed as an anti-anxiety drug. Some names of benzos include Xanax and Valium.
Stimulants are a legal form of amphetamines and unfortunately are commonly prescribed to kids and young adults. These include drugs for learning disorder labels such as Ritalin and Adderall. These drugs are also very highly addictive.
The last category we highlight falls under the psychiatric medication heading. These are more drugs prescribed for different labels or disorders, such as depression, bipolar, etc. These drugs may or may not be abused, but we included them here because they have heavy negative side effects and are very difficult to withdraw from. Many people feel trapped by these drugs because if they stop taking them then their symptoms become much worse suddenly, but there is a way to do it properly and we can help.