When you think about substance abuse or addiction, what do you consider the most commonly abused drugs? Yes, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine are at the top of the list. But, you must also consider prescription medication. Unfortunately, millions of people abuse and develop addictions to the medications found in their family’s medicine cabinets.
A Little About Prescription Drug Abuse
There is a prescription drug epidemic going on in the United States. Drug abuse and addiction have swept the nation because patients often begin taking medications to treat chronic pain and have trouble stopping once the pain has subsided. Opioids top the list of most commonly abused prescription drugs. They are even becoming one of the most abused drugs period.
But it’s not just opioids that are becoming a problem. A wide variety of medications exist that lead to other types of substance abuse. Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, like those used for anxiety and sleep problems are also being abused. As well as stimulants prescribed for problems like ADHD.
The Top Offenders
There are a lot of different kinds of prescription drugs out on the market. This can mean that know which ones are the highest risk of abuse can be difficult to determine for some people. Here is a list to help provide that information.
Today, the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:
- Painkillers, including fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine and oxycodone
- Barbiturates like Nembutal
- Benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax
- Sedative-hypnotics like Ambien
- Antidepressants like Zoloft and Prozac
- Stimulants like Dexedrine, Ritalin, and Adderall
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For more information visit Misuse of Prescription Drugs. This article from the National Institute of Drug Abuse provides an overview of symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, and prevention.