Drug addiction has been around forever and there have been many drugs that have surfaced spawning addiction along the way but none have been as deadly, potent, widespread, and easily accessible as that of prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse has literally become an epidemic especially among young adults and teens.

Prescription pain pills, for example, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin are basically the same thing as doing street heroin. If you asked the average person if they would ever do heroin they would likely say never but these same people will do prescription pain pills. This is because they are prescribed medications and somehow seem “safer.” The truth is that prescription drug abuse is equally as hazardous and addictive as taking illegal street drugs.

Prescription medications are good under the right medical supervision and when they are taken by the person they were prescribed for and as directed. Very often, people start to abuse prescription drugs when Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa have been prescribed some of these drugs, took a few of them and then added them to the collection of other prescribed medications. This is an invitation for trouble and the beginning of prescription drug abuse as more and more young people are getting high right out of these seemingly safe collections.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration puts a good number of prescription medications in the same class as cocaine or heroin. That is because prescription drug abuse encompasses drugs such as:

  • Xanax
  • Vicodin
  • Oxycontin
  • Percocet
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Lortab
  • Valium
  • Ativan
  • Librium
  • Halcion
  • Biphetamine
  • Dexedrine
  • Concerta

It is even easier to overdose on prescription drugs than street drugs. This is because they are actually more potent. In a five year span the number of fatal overdoses from just Oxycontin prescription drug abuse alone doubled. More people are using these drugs for other than what they were prescribed for and this is where the biggest problem is coming from in terms of prescription drug abuse. It is easier to grab a prescription drug to deal with everyday stresses. After all, there are medications usually lying around the house that can calm you down, make you sleep, give you energy, and that work better than an aspirin. This is why most people abuse prescription drugs.

This is the main reason that millions of people have started to abuse prescription drugs and this is also why there is a prescription pill abuse epidemic going on. Sadly, there is no end in sight and this is mainly because the pills are so easily accessed. This epidemic is not partial to any class of people as we have seen in recent times the fatal toll prescription pill abuse has taken on celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, and Health Ledger, just to name a few.

Consider just the state of Florida alone who has twice as many pain clinics as it does fast food restaurants. Also, in Florida the coroner’s office reports that in 2011 there were twice as many deaths from prescription drug abuse as there were from fatal car accidents. There were nearly 1600 people that sought substance abuse treatment in Southwest Florida in 2011. More than 70% of these people were taking opiates and the majority was abusing prescription Oxycontin. More alarming, the age group of these patients abusing prescription pills was between 19 and 34 years of age. This is the same trend seen in other states such as Kentucky and West Virginia as well.

Prescription drug abuse, just like illicit street drug abuse, affects the brain. When prescription pills are abused, the chemistry of the brain is completely altered and it is unable to produce necessary chemicals that the brain needs such as endorphins and dopamine. So, the result is a brain that can no longer produce what it needs and it has to get what it needs from the prescription drugs now. Another big concern is drug interactions and side effects. Prescription drug abuse is not new. What is new is the epidemic proportions that are joining the ranks.

Prescription pill abuse can be treated very effectively when you put your trust in KLEAN. Take back control of your life and start living again.

Prescription Drug Abuse Guide

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