Prescription Drug Abuse
The abuse of prescription drugs often begins with a legitimate visit to a doctor or emergency room. The patient is treated for pain, anxiety, or depression.
The original intent of the drug use was to relieve a symptom. The fact that the drugs being given have a high rate of addiction is not discussed, or is under emphasized. People who have never taken an illegal drug in their lives are introduced to a substance that seems to remove the pain or solve a problem. Along with the medical advice being given to them, they are convinced they have found the solution to their problems. They are given the information that drugs are in fact a solution.
This makes this type of addiction very hard to detect until it becomes life threatening. If you are someone you love is being prescribed any medication, do your own research, understand the side effects of the drug. Have an honest discussion with your physician about the chances for abuse of the drug you are being prescribed.
Drug Addict Physical Appearance
- Appear drunk, but not been drinking
Drug Addict Mannerisms or Behavior
- Acts intoxicated
- Slurred speech
- Stumbling gate
- Droopy eyes
- Un-warranted sleep episodes –fall asleep at dinner etc
Drug Addict items around or hidden in the house, bedroom, etc.
- Bottles of prescription medicines, pills, blister packs
Read about the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic