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Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse
Become aware of the signs of prescription drug abuse. This article lets you know how you can tell if you or someone you love is misusing painkillers. Also signs that doctors and pharmacists can watch for when dealing with prescription pain medication.
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a more common problem in the U.S., and it can have serious consequences, including addiction and death. It is important to know the signs of prescription drug abuse so you can spot it in your loved ones or in yourself if you are taking prescription painkillers.
Prescription drug abuse can be harder to spot than some types of drug abuse because many people who abuse painkillers have a prescription for the drugs they misuse or abuse. Painkiller abuse is common among teens, but is also a growing concern among older adults. Women are more likely than men to abuse prescription drugs, but people of both genders can have a problem with painkiller addiction. There are, however, some common signs that can indicate that a person may be abusing painkillers.
Many people who abuse painkillers donít realize that they have a problem. They may think that painkillers are safe or that thereís nothing wrong with taking more painkillers than theyíre supposed to or taking someone elseís pain medication. If you are taking painkillers, you should be aware of signs that you may be abusing painkillers or have an addiction:
Family members of those who take painkillers should also be aware of the signs of prescription drug abuse. Also, doctors and pharmacists should watch for signs that a patient may be abusing painkillers:
Family members and friends can look for signs that a person may be using painkillers without a prescription. Many people who abuse painkillers get them from a family member or friend, so it is important to be aware of the signs that someone in your house may be abusing prescription drugs, like:
It is also important to know the signs of a prescription drug overdose, because such an incident can be fatal:
If you suspect that someone may be abusing prescription drug or has the symptoms of an overdose, seek medical help immediately.
Sources:Michelle Meadows, Prescription Drug Use and Abuse, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA Consumer Magazine, September-October 2001 [online]
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