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Ending the Lies Related to Prescription Drug Abuse

Ending the Lies Related to Prescription Drug AbusePrescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States, but the war against prescription drug abuse has received little attention because its dangers are underrated. Prescription drug abuse is every bit as dangerous as abusing illegal or harder drugs. It poses the same risks of dependence, addiction, major health concerns, intoxication, overdose and emergency situations as any substance abuse. It is imperative that the public understands the seriousness of prescription drug abuse in order to stop the lies and save the lives of loved ones struggling with this issue.

Statistics on Prescription Drug Abuse

The partnership at Drugfree.org has revealed the following facts about prescription drug abuse in a 201 tracking survey:

  • The past decade has seen a 50 percent increase in retail pharmacy prescriptions written for opioids. More prescriptions are given to people than even before.
  • More fatalities related to prescription drug abuse are occurring than ever before. The last decade has had close to a 300 percent increase in deaths from prescription drug abuse.
  • Teen prescription drug abuse has drastically increased. The amount of teenagers abusing prescription drugs is larger than the amount of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine abusers combined.

If you think that prescription drug abuse is a minor issue, think again.

Seeing through a Loved One’s Lies about Prescription Drug Abuse

Many drug addicts exude unusual and suspicious behavior while abusing prescription drugs. Drugs can change people drastically, no matter if the drugs are illegal or prescription. In order to keep using, addicts may want to hide their abuse from friends and family. This can lead to lying, sneaking around, cheating, stealing and other dishonest behaviors.

People who abuse prescription drugs are both recreational users and those who were prescribed a drug for a legitimate medical purpose. In either case, most individuals do not want their loved ones to find about their abusive behavior or addiction. Other times people lie to get a hold of more prescription pills. Individuals may lie about losing pills or prescriptions, steal or forge prescriptions, make up symptoms or even visit multiple doctors or pharmacists to refill the same prescription.

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

The following signs and symptoms may indicate that a loved one is abusing prescription drugs and is in need of help:

  • Dishonesty and other changes in personality or behavior
  • Doctor shopping or seeing multiple doctors
  • Frequent emergency room visits
  • Claiming medications were lost or stolen
  • Defensive behavior, hypersensitivity
  • Mood swings, outbursts
  • Failure to meet responsibilities at school, work or home
  • Isolation from or neglecting loved ones and interests
  • Continued use after the prescription was complete
  • Increase in dosage or more frequent use
  • Hiding medications
  • Powder residue remains (indicating abuse activity)

If you recognize any of these symptoms in someone, seek help immediately.

How to Stop a Loved One’s Prescription Drug Abuse

Do not underestimate the danger of prescription drug abuse; it is just as costly as illicit drug abuse. If you want to find help for a loved one abusing prescription drugs, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now. You can speak directly with a trained rehab professional right now. Professionals can answer all your questions and provide you with information on prescription drug abuse, addiction, treatment and recovery services. Whether you have cost concerns or are in need of intervention help, we can help you find the recovery services that meet your exact needs.

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