Decription of the Prescription!

Prescription Drug Abuse

What's the Big Deal?

Recreational use of prescription drugs has become a big deal. It mainly happens in teens and young adults. National studies show that a teen is more likely to abuse prescriptions than illegal street drugs. Many teens think they are safe, because they were prescribed by a doctor, but to one person they may be fine within their body, but to another it may be harmful, or even fatal. Using prescription drugs improperly (getting high, "self-medicating") can be just as addictive and dangerous as a street drug. Many pills look the same, and it is very dangerous to take pills you are uncertain about. So, this is a BIG deal.

Digging Down Further

There are 4 kinds of classifications of prescription drug abuse. I will be explaining the first 2. They are;

Depressants, which slow brain function. These include sedatives and tranquilizers.

Opioids and morphine derivatives, which are referred to as painkillers.

Stimulants, which increase energy and alertness but also increase blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing.

And finally, Antidepressants. These are supposed to handle depression.


Depressants usually come in multi-colored capsules or in a liquid form. They often make a person drowsy and overally slower. Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Librium, Ativan, and Klonopin own the street names Candy, Downers, Sleeping Pills, or Tranks. Then the prescription drugs Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, and Phenobarbital are often called Barbs, Reds, Red Birds, Phennies, Tooies, Yellows, and Yellow Jackets.

A Few ot the Many Short Term Effects:

  • confusion
  • slow brain function
  • Dizziness
  • lowered blood pressure
  • slurred speech
  • slowed pulse and breathing
Long Term Effects:

  • Depression
  • sexual problems
  • sleep problems
  • breathing difficulty
  • chronic fatigue

Opioids & Morphine Derivatives

Opioids and morphine derivatives are to relive pain. They come in tablets, capsules, and liquid. Some examples are Robitussin A-C, Sublimaze, Tylox, Roxanol, and others. Some street names for them are Cody, China Girl, Miss Emma, and Perks.

Some of the Short Term Effects:

  • drowsiness
  • slowed breathing
  • constipation
  • coma
Some of the long term effects:

  • physical dependence
  • addiction
If it is taken away, the body will have:

  • diarrea
  • vomiting fits
  • goose bumps
  • colds
  • and others.

What's So Interesting?

~Prescription drugs and painkillers had some part of the death of many famous people, like Steve Clark, Marilyn Monroe, and Michael Jackson.

~Before prescription drugs came out, doctors prescribed the now illegal drugs. Seeing the harmful effects, they stopped and banned it, coming out with prescriptions.

~Many people don't realize giving away or selling prescription drugs is like drug-dealing, and is just as illegal as someone selling or handing out a illegal street drug.

Need Help?

Reach these agencies!

NASAIC - (800)-784-6776

The Treatment Center - 1 (877) 956 1793