While people are taught early about the dangerous illegal drugs that are available for clandestine purchase and use, for many years people ignored the possibility of prescription drug abuse. There are people who have medicine cabinets full of potentially harmful drugs. Most would never consider abusing such a controlled substance, aware as they are of the possible physical ramifications of misuse of some of the powerful prescription drugs that are made available to the people who need them. Others see this powerful medicine, not as a tool for remedying illness or treating symptoms, but as a means of recreation.
Prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed across the country, and become far more prevalent than the use of universally illegal drugs. Part of this is due to the fact that people perceive many prescription drugs as being 'safer' than other drugs that they could take for recreational purposes. In fact, prescription drug abuse can be extremely dangerous, particularly if the user fails to thoroughly research the side effects and contraindications of each variety of medication.
While many prescription medications can be lifesaving in the right circumstances, in others they can be very harmful, extremely addictive, and even deadly. These negative effects of prescription drugs can be intensely magnified if the prescription drug abuser mixes certain varieties of prescription drugs. This is one of the reasons that prescription drugs, when used legally, are prescribed by a responsible doctor for a particular condition, and purchased through a pharmacy where the pharmacist will explain the possible side effects and potential ramifications of taking the prescription drug. For people to whom prescription drugs are prescribed, they are essential medications that should be taken responsibly and according to the doctor's and the pharmacist's instructions. There are many people who take prescription drugs, thinking that their recreational use will simply be fun. These people often become addicted, and can have extreme difficulty dropping their prescription drug abuse habit. With a good support system and the right tools, though, it is possible.
One of the best advantages in beating an addiction to prescription drugs is a knowledge of how harmful they can be. When not used as intended, prescription drugs can destroy a person's life, and even be deadly. If a person wants to quit, though, they can. There are several rehabilitation centers across the country, as well as therapists that specialize in the treatment of prescription drug addiction. The first steps that an prescription drug addict could take are confiding in a helpful and supportive friend, or even speaking to their doctor about treatment.
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