While illegal drug abuse continues to be a common problem in the United States, concern over prescription drug abuse is growing.  According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2010, approximately 16 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for nonmedical reasons in the past year; 7 million in the past month.

Prescription drug addiction is a quickly becoming one of the biggest public health crises. Abusing prescription drugs, like Xanax (Alprazolam), is as addictive and as harmful as using cocaine and other illegal drugs.

Reports of deaths through overdose of prescription drugs increases day by day. In most cases, the person is found to be using a lethal combination of prescription drugs. When drugs prescribed by a doctor are mixed incorrectly and in abnormally high doses, you create a concoction of death or a health hazard for yourself.

Drugs Commonly Abused

  • CNS (central nervous system) depressants such as Valium, Xanax, Barbiturates, Clonazepam. Medically, they are prescribed for treatment of sleep problems, panic attacks, and anxiety.
  • CNS stimulants such as Ritalin, Phentermine, Dextroamphetamine. Medically, they are prescribed to treat narcolepsy (sleep disorder), obesity, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Opioids such as Codeine, Morphine, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, and others. Doctors prescribe them to relieve pain.
  • Non-opioid pain relievers such as Vioxx, Lortab.

Abusers have a tendency to mix these drugs with other prescription drugs. This can have horrible effects on health and can lead to an overdose.

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