Dangers of prescription drug addiction
Prescription drug addiction and addiction to over the counter medicines is on the increase. Individuals fall victim to the false belief that just because a drug is prescribed or legally purchased that it isn’t harmful or a real addiction. The truth is that prescription drug addiction can be just as devastating as an addiction to an illegal or street drug. To someone who is addicted, their doctor becomes a legitimate “dealer”. This delusion enables many to carry on with their addiction for many years before they are willing to admit that they have a problem. Family and loved ones often struggle to get the individual to see the truth of their addiction and many will rotate doctors surgery’s in order to get their pills or potions. Some turn to buying different brand forms off the internet, this is particularly dangerous, as they never know what they are really buying and there are no regulations to ensure their safety.
Often individuals will start taking a prescription drug for a genuine reason. For example, pain relief for an injury or sleeping tablets for insomnia. Certain prescription drugs are highly addictive and should only ever be prescribed for a limited period of time. However this does not always happen, or the individual is able to obtain the drugs through some other method. Symptoms of prescription drug addiction vary, depending on the drug that they are addicted to. Withdrawal can be very unpleasant, especially with opiate based pain killers and benzodiazepines. Mixing prescription drugs with other drugs such as alcohol increases the effects and the associated risks. Long term, prescription drug addiction can impact massively on the individuals mental and physical health and can even lead to death.