Part 2: The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

 

In Part 1 of The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse, we discussed the statistics of the abuse and related deaths. We defined Proscription Drug Abuse” as happening when a person takes the drug in amounts or within time periods not prescribed by the doctor. It also includes taking drugs that are prescribed for someone else. This includes over-using a prescribed medication. The prescription drugs most widely abused are narcotic painkillers, sedatives and stimulants.

The blog also highlighted teen prescription drug abuse. Teens use the prescription drugs to get “high.” Many believe that they are safer to abuse than illegal drugs.

 

More people overdose and die from the misuse of legal medications than of “street drugs.”

 

In Part 2 of The Cold Hard Facts on Prescription Drug Abuse, we will show you the Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse, diagnoses and treatment.

 

Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse

It’s not only family and friends who might notice the symptoms, but also co-workers and clergy may notice the signs. Depending on the prescription drug being used, you may notice some of the following symptoms occurring in a prescription drug addict:

  • Sleeping more than normal and increase in snoring
  • Moodiness
  • Loss of interest in activities or appearance
  • Displaying secretive behaviors
  • Lack of coordination and unsteadiness
  • Decreased breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Weight loss

 

Diagnosing and treating prescription drug abuse

Diagnosing, confirming the drug abuse, can be determined through drug testing. This can be done at a doctor’s office, clinic or even at home. There are many products available that will test for drugs, both legal (prescription) and illegal.

Sometimes doctors can identify prescription drug abuse by looking at medical history and signs and symptoms. Prescription drugs can also be found in blood and urine tests. Once the problem is discovered, treatment can begin. Treatment can include counseling and detoxification (depending on the type of prescription drug being abused.)

It is important to remember that some prescription drugs can be as addictive as any “street drug.” Having a strong support system is helpful in overcoming any kind of drug addiction.

 

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