Some Highly Addictive Prescription Drugs

The notion that drugs prescribed by a physician are safer than street drugs is a dangerous proposition that could spell doom for many. Prescription drug abuse has proved to be the most deplorable habit causing significant physical and mental harm to the people in America.

The country is badly in the grip of prescription drugs, overdose of which is killing more people than gun violence and road mishaps. Of all the drugs, a handful of them are highly addictive and the slightest flirtation with any of those could lead to a complicated situation.

The commonly abused prescription drugs are divided into three categories — opioids, depressants and stimulants. It is important to exercise extreme caution when somebody is prescribed these medicines. People grow dependent on them and start abusing these drugs at a faster rate than others.

Here, we take a look at some of the highly addictive drugs:

Xanax: It is a benzodiazepine prescribed to treat panic disorder and severe anxiety. It works by depressing the hyperactive central nervous system of a person. Its sedating and relaxing effects are a huge draw for addicts. No wonder, it is the most abused drug in the market.

Oxycodone: It is an opioid and is commonly sold as OxyContin and Percocet. Since it induces a euphoric and sedative effect, oxycodone alters the way the brain and the nervous system respond to pain. It is a highly prescribed drug that is prescribed by physicians nearly 6 million times a year. The fact that it is a costly drug forces addicts to often resort to stealing and procuring it through illicit means.

Klonopin & Valium: These are the most abused drugs after Xanax because of their sedative properties. The high achieved from Klonopin and Valium is akin to that of alcohol, wherein a person is induced with feelings of drunkenness. He tends to become loquacious and relaxed at the same time. These traits of the drugs make them habit-forming and people grow dependent on them.

Demerol & Darvocet: Categorized among the most abused painkillers in the market, these drugs were, in fact, withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2010. The danger lurks in the quick tolerance people develop for these drugs. This makes people increase the dosage, which leads to serious complications and withdrawal symptoms.

Codeine (Purple Drank): Codeine is an opioid which is used in conjunction with other medicines to arrest cough and pain. It has a sedative effect when consumed in high quantities and can result in altered levels of consciousness. It forms the base for “purple drank,” a concoction of soda and candy that was popularized in the early 2000s through hip-hop music.

Amphetamines (Speed): These have earned the street name of “Speed” among abusers. Prescribed to patients of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, amphetamines address the issues like focus and wakefulness in such patients. They are grossly misused drugs in the market, sold under the name of Adderall, by people who need to stay awake. The most ardent fans of Speed are students, truck drivers and shift workers who have to meet tight deadlines.

Ritalin: It is a stimulant which acts on the central nervous system and heightens attention level. It is also habit forming and is highly risky. These drugs are also frequently prescribed by doctors and they are easily available in the market. The easy availability has fueled the rampant abuse of Ritalin.