Over The Counter Drug Abuse

Generation Rx

The start of abuse of prescription drugs can be caused by activities as well as medical conditions.


  • opioid, an ingredient in heroin and opium, is found in some painkillers
  • in large portions they c an block pain and turn on the pleasure system
  • you may experience a dreamy rush or your body might go into total shock
  • when mixed with alcohol or allergy medication the lugs can be shut down

Cough Medicine

  • Cough Medicine is more heavily used than Painkillers.
  • Includes Dextromethorphan (DXM)
  • DXM is a cough suppressant.
  • DXM abuse is also called robo- tripping

Common Non-prescription OCIs

  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Robitussoin


  • legally manufactured sleeping pill
  • illegal in the United States
  • lasts 8-24 hours
  • is often taken with alcohol or used to make coming off a cocaine high easier
  • implicated in date rape
  • called leg spliters, rohpies, ropies, roofies, wheels, and row-shapys


  • Cousin of Morphine

  • Timed release drug

  • Common Effects: Constipation, Nausea, Sleeplessness, and Lack of Interest

  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Cramps, Nausea, Diarrhea, Sweating, Shaking body, and Runny Noses

Long Term Effects

  • Liver Complications
  • Strokes
  • Brain Damage
  • Seizures
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Death

Short Term Effects

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares and Hallucinations
  • Poor Memory, Coordination, and Balance
  • Not Sleeping Well
  • Confusion
  • Numbness
2.4 million teens misuse

1780000 hospitalizations are caused per year

Places for Help


  • "DRS in the U.S." List of Residential Long Term or 90 Days Drug Rehab Programs in Iowa. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.
  • Drug Talk. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
  • Over the Counter Drug Abuse. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
  • Oxycotin: Abusers Beware. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
  • Fields, Richard. "Rohypnol." Drugs in Perspective: A Personalized Look at Substance Use and Abuse. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2001. N. pag. Print.

  • Etingoff, Kim. Abusing Over-the-counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everyday Drugs. Philadelphia: Mason Crest, 2008. Print.