By Bill Nee, Senior VP Marketing and Sales uVera Diagnostics
As a parent, you may be asking yourself “How are Prescription Drugs abused? They are prescribed by a doctor. How can this be abuse?” The following are two of the most common forms of abuse:
- When someone steals medication that was prescribed for someone else, not for them.
- When someone takes more than is prescribed and becomes addicted to the drug. Maybe it was for a sports injury that has long since healed, but there is medicine left in the bottle.
This is important to know because you need to keep track of the prescription drugs your child has access to in your home. It could be from your medicine cabinet or bedside table. Another source for Prescription Drugs is elderly family members.
When your children were younger, you made sure that the medicine couldn’t be reached, and the bottles all had child safety caps. That is not enough as they get older. This is why it’s important to know the following information and to keep track of the prescription medicine in your home.
When you’re done reading this, we’d like you to share in the comment section below what you’re doing to keep your children safe from drugs. Your advice could help save another child. Don’t be shy. You can use just your first name and your email does not show up on the post.
What parents should know about Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
Some of the most addictive prescription drugs out there fall into three categories:
- Opioids (similar to opiates)
- Central nervous system depressants
- Central nervous system stimulants.
Commonly abused prescription drugs are abused due to their availability, their highly addictive make up, and the “high” they produce. When you are looking to identify a prescription drug addiction, it is easier if you know some facts. Some of the top commonly abused prescription drugs are below:
Category #1: Opioids
Oxycontin, Percocet, Demoral and Darvocet
Oxycontin, Percocet, Demoral and Darvocet are opioids that produce a euphoric feeling along with a sedating effect. Opioids are synthetic versions of opiates. Tolerance can be built over time for these potent painkillers and often more of the drug is needed overtime to create the same “high.”
Category #2: Central nervous system depressants
Xanax and Valium
People abuse benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium for their relaxing and sedating effects.
Codeine is an opiate found in medications such as cough syrup. Codeine produces a sedative effect and an altered mental state. Abusers who want a “high” from codeine often consume high amounts of cough syrup.
Category #3: Central nervous system stimulants
Adderall and Ritalin
Amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin are stimulants that are often abused. Amphetamines are prescribed for disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. They are misused for their energizing capabilities as well as their addictive effect. Amphetamines are often abused by young people.
For more information about Prescription Drug Abuse, read our blogs
- Part One: The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse
- Part Two: The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse
Taking drugs without the prescription of a doctor is illegal. Commonly abused prescription drugs can be found when an individual takes a drug test. Drug tests are not just reserved for “street” drugs. uVera Diagnostics has drug test kits available to purchase online for at home or workplace drug testing. Call 866-242-5930 or order online.
Remember, we’d like your feedback. Please share in the comment section below what you’re doing to keep your children safe from drugs. Your advice could help save another child. Don’t be shy. You can use just your first name and your email does not show up on the post!
uVera Diagnostics provides drug testing kits for illegal and prescription drugs including. At home drug tests can be ordered online or you can call 866-242-5930.
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Posted by Bill Nee, Senior VP Marketing and Sales uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 25 years in sales management and marketing and is a 10 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.
For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.
This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts.
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