Prescription Drug Abuse

By Blake Wiles

Why People Do Prescription Drugs

People try and take prescription drugs because they want to be different. Some take them because they are prescribed to them. Others sneak ones that aren't prescribed for them because they think they'll have more fun, live better lives, or it'll help them in another way when really, it's dangerous if it's not prescribed to them because it can injure them, make them very ill, or even kill them.

The 3 Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Opioids- Used to treat pain or relieve coughs or diarrhea


Depressants- Used to treat anxiety, tension, panic attacks, and sleep disorders


Stimulants- Used to treat narcolepsy and ADHD

Addiction - Signs and Treatment

Some signs of abuse are vomiting, seizures, heart failure,mood changes, coma, or even death. Behavioral and pharmacological are the two main treatment options. Behavioral teaches how to function without drugs. Pharmacological is giving medication to deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Helpful Tips for Prescription Medication

Only take your medication as prescribed by the doctor. If it isn't working well on you then you need to talk to your doctor for a different prescription. Hide your prescription in a safe place where only you can access it. Never take more than prescribed.