Drug addiction has been a plague in America for a very long time, and there are many different opinions on how to best tackle the issue. We are all familiar with the illegal street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. But, in recent years there has been a significant rise in the abuse of legal prescription drugs. These drugs are intended to help the sick and injured, but they have been falling into the hands of addicts and teenagers who use them recreationally. The sad reality is the fact that because these drugs are legal people are ignorant to the fact that they can indeed be harmful if abused. While doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers are working on fighting the issue it is also up to the public to educate themselves of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Below we have listed # of the most abused prescription drugs and the toll they can take on your body.
1. Ambien Zolpidem – is a nonbenzodiazepin and has a hazy hypnotic effect on users. It is often legally prescribed by doctors to patients who suffer from insomnia. The drug has GABA antagonist properties which create a similar effect to alcohol on the user relaxing them and suppressing their inhibitions. The drug can be very dangerous if taken in large doses and may lead to coma or even death. Also it should be noted that if taken for recreational use it causes an extreme danger to a user who is driving or operating machinery.
2. Seroquel Quetiapine – is an antipsychotic drug prescribed to schizophrenics and those suffering from bipolar disorder. This drug has become very popular in prison often being referred to as “Jailhouse Heroin”. The drug has an antianxiety effect on users. If abused it can lead to coma hypotension and tachycardia, but cardiac arrhythmia and death.
3. Xanax alprazolam – is a very popular drug that doctors give to people dealing with stress, panic attack, and insomnia. It is widely abused by people because of its calming effects on the user. They can make a person more sociable and engaging in social situations. What makes this drug dangerous is the facts that withdraw for an addict can cause panic attacks, and seizures. Many people find Xanax harmless, but the fact is that overuse can cause very serious consequences for a user.
4. Codeine and Hydrocodone – are powerful cough syrups used for pain and cough management. These syrups are opiates and carry with them same dangers as other drugs in their family. Use of the drug has become more popular because rappers and entertains have promoted use in their songs. Known to invoke a relaxing euphoric effect “lean” as it is known by users also carries serious negative health-effects on users. Overdosing on the drugs can cause similar symptoms to other opiate overdoses namely respiratory depression and possible death.
5. OxyContin oxycodone – is one of the biggest prescription drugs being abused in America. An opiate, it gives users a heroin type high. It is very addictive which is why abuse is so wide spread. Companies and law enforcement have been trying very hard to curb the abuse of the drug, but the issue still persists. Many people have overdosed and died because of abusing OxyContin. Overdose and side effects of use can cause shallow breathing, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, anxiety, itching, and sweating and death.
Prescription drugs are a great byproduct of the modern medicine and they have made all of our lives much better. But, we also have to bear in mind the fact that like all great advancements we must be more responsible with our use.