Prescription Drug Addiction: Top 18 Facts for You & Your Family
Prescription Drug Abuse - A National Epidemic
But it's not all patient driven: research from 2016 reveals that when U.S. doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit.
Is Abuse of Prescription Drugs a Growing Problem?
Teen Statistics - What's Up?
How Are People Getting Prescription Drugs for Recreational Use?
The Science of Addiction - It's in Your Head
How Quickly Can I Become Addicted to a Drug?
Which Prescription Painkillers Have a Risk of Addiction?
How Do I Recognize an Opioid Overdose?
If you believe someone has overdosed on narcotics, call 911 immediately. A reversal agent called naloxone (Narcan, Narcan Nasal Spray Evzio) may be life-saving for patients who overdose on narcotics, although in patients dependent upon opioids, it can also cause a severe withdrawal.
What Other Clues Suggest Prescription Opioid Abuse or Addiction?
Zohydro ER - What is the Concern?
Hysingla ER: Another Abuse Deterrent Formulation
Targiniq ER (oxycodone/naloxone), Oxycontin (oxycodone [reformulated]), Embeda (morphine/naltrexone), Zohydro ER (hydrocodone), and Troxyca ER (naltrexone/oxycodone) are other long-acting but abuse-deterrent pain medications.
Barbiturates: Another Abused Prescription Drug Class
Benzodiazepines: Addiction Can Lead to Difficult Withdrawal
Not Just For Athletes: Anabolic Steroid Abuse
Stimulant Addiction: Ritalin and Adderall
Sleep Medications: The Infamous Ambien
Popular Among Teens: Cough Syrups
Is There a Link Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use?
Studies report heroin users are 3 times more likely to be addicted than users of prescription painkillers (54% vs. 14%). Relative to the high cost of prescription painkillers on the street, heroin is cheap - and this contributes to it's increasing popularity among addicts.
How Can We Best Help Someone Who is Addicted?
Other treatment may be needed, such as behavioral therapies, counseling or group therapy that can help a person address the addiction. Consider calling the National Substance Abuse Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for free and confidential treatment referral.
Finished: Prescription Drug Addiction - Top 18 Facts for You and Your Family
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- National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction. Frequently Asked Questions. Accessed March 23, 2014 at http://www.drugabuse.gov/frequently-asked-questions#quickly
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Services. Accessed March 23, 2014 at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/SAMHDA/series/64.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. Abuse of Prescription Pain Medications Risks Heroin Use. Updated March 2014. Accessed March 23, 2014 at http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/abuse-prescription-pain-medications-risks-heroin-use
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. Monitoring the Future 2013 Survey Results. Updated Jan. 2014. Accessed March 23 at http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/monitoring-future-2013-survey-results
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- National Safety Council. Preventing Rx Drug Overdoses. Seven startling facts about prescription painkillers. Updated March 13, 2014. Accessed March 23, 2014 at nsc.org/Pages/Seven-startling-facts-about-prescription-painkillers-.aspx
- Drugs.com. Groups Push FDA to Revoke Approval of Highly Potent Painkiller. Feb. 26, 2014. Accessed March 23 at https://www.drugs.com/news/groups-push-fda-revoke-approval-highly-potent-painkiller-50563.html.
- The United States Department of Justice. Office of Public Affairs. Attorney General Holder, Calling Rise in Heroin Overdoses ‘Urgent Public Health Crisis,’ Vows Mix of Enforcement, Treatment. March 10, 2014. Accessed March 23, 2014 at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/March/14-ag-246.html