While most people use prescription medications as prescribed, some people abuse these drugs especially when they are meant to alleviate pain. Such can abuse can easily lead to addiction. Hence, it is important for every prescription drug user to be knowledgeable of the different ways to combat abuse.
1) Understand what ‘abuse’ really means. Prescription drug abuse happens when a person uses a medication outside of its specific prescription. This includes taking a higher dose than prescribed, combining them with alcohol or other drugs and uncommon forms of administration like grinding and snorting a pill.
2) Know the most commonly abused prescription medications. Here’s a short list:
- Depressants: these include barbiturates, benzodiazepines and sleep medications
- Opioids: codeine, fentanyl and analogs, methadone and morphine are common examples of abused opioids
- Stimulants: these include amphetamines and methylphenidate
3) Make healthy decisions about taking prescription drugs. Understand the drug’s effects. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist to explain exactly what side effects to expect.
Don’t use other people’s prescriptions. They might have different effects on you. Use only the medications prescribed by her own doctor.