Prescription Drug Abuse is more common than you may think. Most people because of news coverage realize that prescription drugs anymore are some of the more common drugs of abuse today. Abusing prescription painkillers and other medications can be taking place in your own home and parents may not even be aware of it.
Many people young and older are less fearful about misusing prescription drugs because they're legal and anymore very easy to get. What most people especially teenagers and young adults don't realize is that abusing prescription drugs is just as serious as abusing street drugs to get high.
Many people have overdosed on pain pills, stimulants, tranquilizers and sedatives and unfortunately a lot of people have died. Many older adults misuse prescription drugs but in the past few years teenagers and young adults are abusing them also. There are symptoms that begin to show when a person is abusing painkillers, stimulants or depressants and the signs can vary depending on what type of drug they're abusing.
There are a couple of symptoms most people begin to show if they're abusing prescription drugs. Changes in mood and behaviors are very common if a person is using prescription drugs as well as street drugs to get high. This doesn't mean that if a person wakes up in the morning or comes home in the evening and they're crabby or irritable they're using substances to get high. We all have good and bad days but unexplained changes in behaviors and moods that are noticed frequently could definitely be a sign.
Most households have prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet or if you're like me, on the bathroom sink. Some people who abuse painkillers and other prescription medications get them from home, a relative's house, friends, or from someone they know that sells them. Because prescription drugs are commonly abused today it's important to make sure they're not lying around where they can be easily seen and possibly misused.
At one time young people used street drugs to get high but times have changed and in the past few years many teens are using prescription drugs instead. There are many types of prescription drugs but there are some that are more commonly sought after and abused than others.
Prescription Pain medications are prescribed for various reasons but they're useful and necessary for managing different levels of pain. Painkillers are narcotic pain medications that are prescribed for people of all ages when it's necessary to treat pain symptoms. Some of pain pills that are commonly prescribed are Vicodin, OxyContin, Morphine, Dilaudid, Demerol, and Codeine. These are narcotic opioid medicines that are prescribed to patients when they're suffering from severe or chronic pain. It's extremely important to keep these medications out of the reach of young children and sadly teens and young adults today.
Symptoms of narcotic pain pill abuse include; Physical symptoms can include pinpoint sized pupils, lethargy, and signs of confusion.
Physicians prescribe Prescription Stimulants to their patients to treat the symptoms of depression, Narcolepsy which is a sleep disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or also referred to as ADHD. Besides the euphoric feelings a person experiences when they abuse stimulant drugs they're also misused because their energy levels increase and because the stimulant keeps them alert. Some of the stimulants that are abused include Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderall.
Abusing stimulant drugs can cause your temperature to rise and sometimes to very dangerous levels. Paranoia is another consequence associated with stimulant abuse. A person's blood pressure and heart rates are also affected when stimulant drugs are abused and this can be extremely dangerous and possibly fatal.
Sedatives and tranquilizers are depressant drugs that are prescribed for various health problems. These drugs can be prescribed to treat people suffering from panic attacks, anxiety problems and for people who suffer from sleep disorders. Anymore a lot of teenagers are using depressant drugs like Valium and Xanax and don't realize the seriousness involved when they do. Taking prescribed medications the way they're intended is what a person does when they're managing their symptoms of anxiety, depression, or pain. When a person chooses to misuse prescription drugs they don't take a prescribed dose, they take enough to get high. Some people take large doses orally while others crush and snort them.
When prescription depressant drugs are abused speech is impaired, the individual becomes drowsy and tired and it affects your breathing and blood pressure. To make matters even worse, sometimes other substances are used or alcohol is consumed at the same time. Many people have died combining prescription drugs together or with alcohol.
I understand that young people don't always want to listen to parents or adults and during the teenage years communication between the parent and teen can be difficult sometimes. Prescription drug abuse is so common anymore it's important to have open communication when it comes to serious issues like this. For help talking to your children about substance abuse you will find helpful and useful information at healthfinder.gov, cyh.sa.gov, girlshealth.gov, and NIDA for teens.
We have lost so many famous people throughout the years and it's very sad to think that their lives were shortened and that these celebrities deaths were drug related.