Prescription Drugs Addiction

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Frequently asked questions

What constitutes a prescribed drug?

Prescription drugs are often powerful medications, which is why they require a doctor's or dentist's prescription and are not available over the counter. They are generally individually prescribed and are regulated by a legal entity.

What are the most prevalent prescription drug types?

Opioids (used to relieve pain), depressants (used to reduce anxiety or help a person sleep), and stimulants (used to assist a person to wake up) are the three types of prescription medicines that are widely misused (used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD).

Are prescribed medications addictive?

Prescription medicines that affect the brain, such as opioid painkillers, stimulants, and depressants, can lead to physical dependence and addiction.

What’s prescription drug abuse?

Abusing prescription drugs it’s related to:

  • Taking a prescription from someone else
  • Using a prescription drug in a way that isn't recommended
  • Getting "high" on prescription medication

What’s prescription drug incidence?

Strong painkillers, sleeping medications, and antidepressants are prescribed to a quarter of adults in the United Kingdom, with half of those being prescribed for more than a year.

What effect do prescription medicines have on your brain?

These medications alter the way the brain functions by altering nerve cell communication. Neurons, or nerve cells, communicate with one another by producing substances known as neurotransmitters. This signalling pathway is influenced by drugs.

What are the symptoms of prescription drug addiction?

Prescription drug addiction signs include drug-seeking behaviours, taking higher doses than prescribed, aggression, seeming inebriated, extremely active, or lethargic, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, increased alcohol use, and mood swings related to the availability of prescription prescriptions.

Can you overdose or die if you abuse prescription drugs?

Yes, prescription drug misuse is responsible for a high proportion of drug overdose deaths in the United Kingdom. Pain medications, benzodiazepines, and antidepressants have all been linked to overdose deaths.
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