After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older. The three kinds of prescription drugs commonly abused are:
Opioids—used to relieve pain, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, or codeine
Depressants—used to relieve anxiety or help a person sleep, such as Valium or Xanax
Stimulants— used for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall and Ritalin
All of these drugs are legal drugs that must be prescribed by a doctor. In order to receive a prescription for medicines a doctor spends time with the patient and has figured out what the best treatment is, which may include one of the medicines in the above categories. A doctor will gather your information and will prescribe the correct medicine based on your size and weight and whether or not the benefit of the medicine will outweigh the risk.
Every medicine has risks and side effects and that is why a doctor carefully looks at all options before suggesting a medication. When you take someone else’s medication that wasn’t meant for you, it can have bad consequences like addiction, overdoses, and even death. Just because a medicine has been prescribed to someone, it doesn’t make it okay for you to take it.
If someone offers you a pill whether you know what it is or not, don’t take it. Just because a medicine is not against the law to use doesn’t mean it can’t be bad. If you are taking a medicine it doesn’t mean it is safe for a friend to take it too, so do not give someone else your medicine.
If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.