Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor (such as for the feelings you get from the drug), or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. More than 16 million Americans older than age 12 are estimated to be current users of psychoactive (mind-altering) drugs taken nonmedically. The medications most commonly abused are:
- Opioid pain relievers (such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, morphine).
- Sedatives and tranquilizers (such as Valium, Xanax, Nembutal, Ambian).
- Stimulants for ADHD (such as Dexedrine, Ritalin, Adderall).
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