When a person intentionally uses a prescription drug when they do not need it or takes more than the required amount then this falls into the category of prescription drug abuse. This also includes taking the drug for anything other than what it was prescribed for.
Prescription drug abuse has become a major problem in the United States with more than 7 million people abusing prescriptions in 2010. In addition to this 1 in 12 students in high school used a prescription drug for non-medical reasons.
The Most Abused Prescriptions
There are three categories of prescription drugs which are the most commonly abused.
Painkillers or Opiates – Prescription painkillers are abused by over 5 million people in the United States. They are mostly used to treat pain and are very addictive drugs. The most commonly abused opiates are Oxy Contin, hydrocodone and oxycodone. The primary routes of administration for painkillers are through taking the pills orally although some will snort or inject these drugs. There are some who will inject these drugs.
Central Nervous System Depressants – These drugs are generally used in treating anxiety or insomnia and consist of drugs like Soma, Xanax and other sleeping pills. This also includes tranquilizers which are abused by over 2 million people annually. The problem with depressants is that the withdrawal effects when coming off the drug can be very dangerous as they carry with them a risk of seizure. The drugs can also be life threatening if users take them with alcohol or other prescription or over the counter medications.
Stimulant Drugs – Abused by over a million United States Citizens stimulant drugs and they consist of prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin prescribed by doctors to those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Stopping The Abuse Of Prescriptions
There are many ways that every single person can take part to help stop prescription drug addiction. The largest majorities of high school students who abused prescriptions got the drugs from a family member or friend. Those who have prescriptions should never give them to someone else and when they are finished taking the drug should properly dispose of them so that they cannot be taken and abused. Many public organizations such as police stations have drop off centers for prescriptions where the pills are destroyed.
In addition to this many abuse prescriptions because they think the drug are safe because doctors prescribe them. Drug education should be provided as well as prevention lectures on the dangers and addictive nature of prescriptions to schools, community centers, church groups and public and private workplaces.
Another way to prevent prescription use is not making the drugs so available and monitoring those prescriptions that have to be written. Statistics indicate a 200% increase in the number of prescriptions being written. For opiate drugs alone prescriptions went from 75 million to over 200 million in a 10 year period.
Narconon Meetings Can Stop Prescription Abuse
Narconon meetings or residential prescription drug treatment is one component that can help those struggling with this type of addiction. Meetings like NA are also used but most likely the best results someone can get is with residential treatment that lasts more than 90 days.
The Narconon program does not consist of Narconon meetings but a series of life skills courses preceded by a New Life Detoxification program designed to drastically reduce physical cravings for prescription drugs.
Those addicted to prescriptions can fully recover with the treatment as the program achieves a 76% success rate for permanent sobriety from drugs. For more information on Narconon meetings call 800-874-3197.