Seven of the top 10 drugs being misused by high-school seniors are legal prescription or over-the-counter medications
Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse depend on the particular drug. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are:
Opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and those containing hydrocodone (Vicodin)
Sedatives and tranquilizers, such as diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan)
Stimulants, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin), that are used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep
Other prescription drug abuse symptoms/dangers include:
Stealing, forging, ‘losing’ or selling prescriptions. Seeking prescription from more than one doctor.
Taking higher doses than prescribed
Excessive mood swings
Increase or decrease in sleep
There are serious health risks related to the abuse of prescription drugs. A single large dose of prescription or over-the-counter painkillers or depressants can cause breathing difficulty that can lead to death. Stimulant abuse can lead to hostility or paranoia, or the potential for heart system failure or fatal seizures. Even in small doses, depressants and painkillers have subtle effects on motor skills, judgment, and ability to learn.