Prescription drug abuse has become a public health concern in our nation. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are stimulants, central nervous system depressants, and opioids. These medications can be abused by people from all demographic groups. Many individuals struggling with prescription drug abuse often steal them or buy them from their loved ones.
The three classes of prescription drugs that are often abused include:
Long-term use of some prescription meds such as opioids may lead to prescription drug abuse, tolerance and physical dependence. When these are taken with other substances that weaken the central nervous system including benzos, barbiturates, and alcohol there is a seriously increased risk of respiratory depression, and in some cases even death.
Benzos can also depress the central nervous system. Many people use them to treat sleep and anxiety disorders. These CNS depressants affect the GABA neurotransmitter which reduces brain activity resulting in a calming effect. Patients who take CNS depressants for a while may need larger doses to get the same effect. When these are combined with alcohol, they can slow down your heart rate and respiration leading to death. Patients are not advised to stop using these suddenly as it can lead to life- threatening consequences.
The risk for dependence on these drugs is highly influenced by the person’s biology, age, stage of development and social environment. More risk factors means more chances of becoming addicted. Sometimes addiction runs in the family. The social environment such as friends or loved ones can also lead to the addiction.
If you or a loved one is abusing prescription drugs, call 203-528-0018 to find a drug detox center to help cleanse your body from these addictive substances. A variety of recovery programs are available at these and other rehab facilities. Choose drug addiction rehab today.
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