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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

The commonly abused prescription drugs in the United States fall into several broad categories: opioids/narcotics/pain relievers, depressants, and stimulants. Individuals abuse these drugs because they are an easily accessible and inexpensive means of altering a user's mental and physical state; the effects vary depending upon the drugs they abuse.

If you or a member of your family has a prescription for any of the following, extra vigilance is recommended for these commonly abused prescription drugs:

Vicodin, Tylenol with Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet

Klonopin, Nembutal, Soma, Valium, Xanax

Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, Ritalin

Teens and OxyContin

Adolescents are at a greater risk for addiction to OxyContin than adult users of the narcotic prescription drug. And, adolescent OxyContin addiction "results in lasting functional changes in the developing adolescent brain."*

*Source: Neuropsychopharmacology, Sept. 10, 2008 issue published by Rockefeller University research

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