Prescription Drugs

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

(Timberline Knolls)

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.”