They may come from a doctor but that doesn’t mean they can’t be abused
Prescription Drugs: What You Need to Know
As the opioid crisis shows no signs of slowing down, one of the biggest revelations was how significant a role prescription drugs played. After all, if a doctor signs off on something for a legitimate medical reason, it can’t harm you, right?
The instructions on the bottle aren’t a misprint. And whenever someone takes too many, “borrows” pills from a friend, or continues to get refills long after the injury is healed, the misuse of these drugs can not only lead to addiction but the pursuit of cheaper, more dangerous opioids once the desired effect has worn off.
Withdrawal from prescription drugs is challenging and unpleasant, which is why many people with the best of intentions struggle without professional intervention.
How It Works
Designed to alleviate pain, opioids are depressants that flood the brain with dopamine. By blocking pain messages sent from the body through the spinal cord to the brain, breathing is slowed, and there’s a euphoric feeling of calm and drowsiness.
The Stats on Prescription Drugs
- Misuse of prescription drugs is highest among young adults ages 18 to 25, with 14.4 percent reporting nonmedical use in the past year. Among youth ages 12 to 17, 4.9 percent reported past-year nonmedical use of prescription medications.
- In 2016, there were an estimated 42,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States.
- Every day, 46 people die from a prescription opioid overdose.
- Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.
- An estimated 2 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time within the past year, which averages to approximately 5,480 initiates per day, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
- Of the 67,000 overdose deaths in 2018, almost 70% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.
- It’s estimated that 80% of individuals who use heroin began by abusing prescription opioids.
Effects of Prescription Drugs
- Poor coordination, unsteady walking, slurred speech
- Poor concentration, confusion, and problems with memory
- Slowed breathing rate
- Changes in social behavior
- Increased dosage required for pain relief
- Low blood pressure
- Mood swings
- Changes in personality
- Seeking out multiple doctors for similar issues
Help for Prescription Drug Addiction
If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription addiction, we’re here for you. Dr. Claudia Black, the clinical architect of our treatment program, has decades of experience working with family systems and addictive disorders. Her leadership and our entire team’s professional, compassionate approach have helped many young adults find freedom, hope, and a healthy path forward.
“Withdrawal from prescription drugs is challenging and unpleasant, which is why many people with the best of intentions struggle without professional intervention.”
Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.
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