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In 2014, according to a National Drug Use and Health survey, it was found that in people aged 26 and older, an estimated 20.9% of them had abused psychotherapeutics in their lifetime, 4.5% had abused psychotherapeutics in that year and 2.1% abused prescription drugs in the month prior to the survey. Orlando prescription drug abuse treatment centers are committed to helping individuals who find themselves dependent on prescription drugs.

Caring specialists can provide you with information on available opportunities for treatment at drug and alcohol detox centers in Orlando. Call (407) 358-6225 for more information.

What is Prescription Drug Abuse?

It is when prescribed medication is taken without a prescription, not taken in the method prescribed or taken to achieve a "high" feeling and experience. Surveys have found that the medications often abused are the ones used to treat pain, anxiety and attention deficit disorders and due to their addictive natures, prescription drug abuse is common. Abusing these prescription drugs has led to an increase in treatment admissions, emergency room trips and even overdoses that lead to deaths.

Commonly Abused Medications

More people in the United States die from an overdose to opioid painkillers than cocaine and heroin overdose rates together. The three main types of prescription drugs abused are opioids, sedatives, and stimulants.

The more common types of opioids include:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Vicodin
  • Oxycontin
  • Fentanyl

Sedatives are usually prescribed to treat anxiety, panic attacks, seizures and insomnia. Some of the sedatives are:

  • Ativan
  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Xanax

Stimulants can be broken down into methylphenidates and amphetamines. The frequently found methylphenidates are:

  • Ritalin
  • Concerta
  • Focalin
  • Metadate

Adderal and Dexedrine are amphetamines. Both types of stimulants are prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD).

Signs of Abuse

Some of the signs that someone may be abusing prescription drugs include:

  • The stealing, forging and selling of prescriptions
  • Poor decision making skills
  • Excessive mood swings
  • Hostile behavior
  • Appearing unusually energetic or very sedated
  • Continuously needing new prescriptions
  • Attempting to get prescriptions from multiple doctors

It is important if any of these signs appear that the person seek medical help immediately from a rehab center equipped to treat the addiction.

If you or a loved one is showing signs of prescription drug abuse, caring specialists can provide you with more information about Orlando addiction recovery centers and programs that will help you overcome addiction. Also, visit your local Narcotics Anonymous (http://naflorida.org/meetings/) for more support and to share your story. Call today for more information.

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