Prescription pill abuse and addiction is a growing trend taking the United States by storm over the past decade. Although many folks begin using the medication as prescribed, many individuals will quickly start taking more than necessary, fond of the numbness and desensitizing qualities painkillers provide.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health said prescription drug (opiates) misuse increased over 4% in 2013. It’s even more shocking to note that this misuse is understood to begin as early as 12 years of age. With ample supply of drugs in the marketplace and misuse of even legal drugs starting earlier than ever, addiction continues to be a growing problem facing the entire population.
More than 100 US citizens fall victim to drug overdose-related death every day – and many of those die as a direct result of pharmaceutical overdose.
Many of these individuals are prescribed habit-forming medication for chronic pain (arthritis, in many cases), and unwittingly wind up heavily addicted due to the narcotic nature of the respective drugs.
If you suspect you may be addicted to prescription medication, look out of these top warning signs:
• not taking medications as prescribed: larger doses, more frequently, crushing pills
• taking medication prescribed for other people
• not being upfront with your doctor about the medications you are currently taking or going to multiple doctors for the same medication
• continue taking a medication after no longer needed
• taking prescription pills with alcohol or other drugs
If you or someone you know may be addicted to prescription pills or any other addictive substance, Recovery Hub can help. We urge you to contact us today to find out what safe, private treatment or opiate detox options are available to you.