Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and should be
great concern. Narcotic (analgesic) drugs are the most commonly misused
prescription drugs. Below are the three categories of prescription
Percocet), also known as analgesics or opiods are drugs that are
moderate to severe physical pain. They are abused because of their
sedating, and numbing effects. Narcotic abuse causes tolerance and
and the withdrawal symptoms are severe.
Librium) are drugs that are prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep
They are abused because of their sedating properties. With abuse,
cause tolerance and dependence and the withdrawal symptoms can be
Meridia) are prescribed to treat ADD/ADHD and other conditions such as
They are abused because of their energizing and euphoric effects.
not generally cause tolerance or dependence but abuse is associated with
hostility and paranoia. There is also great risk for cardiovascular
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