A prescription drug is a pharmaceutical drug requiring a medical prescription to be dispensed. Prescription drugs are not over-the-counter drugs, and can only be obtained with a prescription because of substance control. Prescription drugs are heavily regulated within the United States because of the misuse potential. However, most prescription narcotics can be gotten illegally and most people get these drugs from people they know such as friends and family. When prescription drugs are taken as directed by a doctor, the potential for abuse is low. Yet, when these drugs are misused or abused in any away, the potential for addiction is high. There are three categories of commonly abused prescription drugs in America. These are central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines, sedatives, and barbiturates. There is prescription opioids or pain medication, such as hydrocodone, oxymorphone, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl. Finally, there are central nervous system stimulants, such as Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.
Prescription drug abuse does affect anyone, and intervention is a successful way to convince a prescription drug user they need help. Under most circumstances, the abuse of prescription drugs is part of a larger drug problem. Addicts will tend to go between illegal street drugs and prescription drugs. Illegal street drugs are more affordable, but prescription pills provide a better high. Newman Interventions has helped families where a person is a full-blown addict abusing prescription drugs, and where someone is dependent on prescription drugs, but refuses to get off them.