Not all prescription drugs are the same. Opioids, stimulants, and sedatives can come with risks and be highly addictive. That's why prescription drugs should always be used carefully.
Misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed; taking someone else’s prescription, even if for a legitimate medical complaint such as pain; or taking a medication to feel euphoria (i.e., to get high). The term ‘nonmedical use of prescription drugs’ also refers to these categories of misuse. The three classes of medication most commonly misused are:
- Opioids, include prescription medications commonly prescribed to treat pain such as; Lortab, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Morphine, Methadone, Codeine, Demerol, and Norco.
- Stimulants, commonly prescribed for ADHD, include prescription medications such as; Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, and Dexedrine.
- Sedatives, commonly prescribed to treat conditions like anxiety and sleep disorders, include prescription medications such as; Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Librium.
Talk to your healthcare provider before taking a new prescription to understand drug interactions, the risk of dependence, addiction, and if there are safe and effective alternatives that come with fewer risks and side effects.Learn more about Opioids, Sedatives and Stimulants