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Drug abuse is the taking of pharmaceutical medications that are not specifically prescribed to an individual, or not taking medications as directed. Despite the general public’s knowledge of medication usage, many are unaware of the harmful effects that may be fatal.
-friends and family share prescription drugs but are unaware that they are abusing that medication, even if they take the drug to help with pain
-if certain prescription drugs are used improperly they can have critical consequences
-many people think that using prescription drugs is safer than using illicit drugs (marijuana, alcohol) because they are prescribed by a medical doctor
-prescription drugs can have short and long term effects if used improperly or if used by someone who they were not intended for
Most commonly Abused Prescriptions
-central nervous system depressants
-over the counter drugs (DXM)
-medication that binds to an opioid receptor to treat multiple and diverse chronic conditions
-one of the major controversies dealing with opioids is the physiological addiction
-as availability of these medications increases abuse is a rising problem