Prescription Drug Abuse
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Prescription drug abuse is the intentional use of a medication without a prescription, using a prescribed drug in any other way than prescribed, or for the feeling or experience that it provides. In 2010 alone, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Medical Examiner’s Office reported there were 560 Rx drug related deaths in the 152 of 159 counties for which it performs autopsies, at least a 10 percent increase since 2009.
Mortality due to poisoning, the majority of which is caused by prescription and illicit drug use, is now the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., surpassing automobile fatalities.
The best way to prevent drug abuse is to educate yourself. Follow the above link for information on how to identify the signs and symptoms of drug abuse.
Need help identifying a drug found in your home? Use this tool to identify prescription drugs by inputing their physical characteristics.
Could You Be Abusing Prescription Drugs?
Ask yourself these questions.
- Do I sometimes take my medications other than as prescribed?
- Do I sometimes take medications solely for the euphoric effect?
- Do I sometimes take medications that were not prescribed for me?
- Have I ever been dishonest with a doctor in order to obtain medications?
- Have I ever lied to others about how much I am taking or my level of pain?
- Do I experience anxiety at the thought of running out of my medication?
- Have people close to me expressed concern about the amount I take?
- Do I ever experience blackouts or wild mood swings on my meds?
- Do I ever crush, chew or snort my medications?
- Have I ever missed work, school or family engagements as a result of misusing my medications?
Source: The Treatment Center
Teen Targeted Epidemic
This epidemic is especially targeting our teen population. Pact360 is a Community Education Program focused on drug prevention and early intervention education for parents and youth. Visit their website for information on how you can recognize and intervene in drug abuse situations.
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How to Find Help
If you or a loved one are struggling with prescription drug abuse, visit the links below.