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By definition of the National Institute of Drug Abuse: Prescription drug abuse is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than prescribed, or for the experience or feeling elicited. This abuse can lead to addiction, which is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behavior and use despite sometimes devastating consequences.
While any prescription drug has the potential to be abused, some are more common than others.
These drugs can have dangerous effects if used inappropriately, but are even more dangerous when used in combination with other drugs or alcohol. Abuse of prescription drugs has been known to lead to other, illegal drug use as well.
The ultimate danger of prescription drug abuse is death due to accidental overdose. Accidental overdoses cause more deaths in Indiana than car accidents.
The impact of misuse and abuse of prescription drugs further complicates the mental state of an individual. Usage behaviors escalate to behaviors that are even more serious, once addiction has become a factor. Alcohol, additional pills, even street drugs may be the next steps of a deadly combination.
Early detection of addiction can mean the difference between life and death. Knowing the signs and symptoms of addiction cannot replace professional treatment, but it can identify a serious problem before it's too late.
There are many people in need of treatment. Is it time for you or a loved one to Get Help NOW? If so, our page of resources will help you make that step.