A significant amount of people are predisposed to become addicted when they start to abuse prescription drugs after a legitimate prescription was written for them by their doctor. The prescription may have been written due to chronic pain, injury, surgery or depression. Prescription drug abuse is increasing (Timberline Knolls).
Drug-seeking behaviors are the primary warning signs of prescription drug abuse, regardless of the chemical make up of the medication. These behaviors include:
Frequent requests for refills from physicians
Losing prescriptions and requesting replacements regularly
Crushing or breaking pills
Stealing or borrowing prescription medications from family members, friends, or co-workers
Consuming prescriptions much faster than indicated
Visiting multiple doctors for similar conditions
Inconsistent answers to questions about prescription usage
Stealing or forging prescriptions
Consumption of over-the-counter drugs for the same conditions that a doctor has prescribed other medication
Ordering prescription medications over the internet
Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy) (NIDA).
“Drug-seeking behaviors are the primary warning signs of prescription drug abuse.”