Prescription Drugs

by Sara Waldron on June 20, 2017

prescription Drugs pic 1What is Prescription Drug Abuse?

Recreational use of prescription drugs is a serious social issue with young adults and teenagers. In the U.S., more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs. Some people think it is safer since a doctor prescribed them. Taking prescription drugs for nonmedical use can be just as dangerous and addictive as taking illegal street drugs. A person’s body chemistry can have different reactions to drugs and the results can be very risky or even fatal, if you take a drug not prescribed for you.

What are the effects of Prescription Drug Abuse?

Prescription drugs used against doctor’s orders is abuse and can have serious risks for a person’s health. There are various side effects from abusing prescription drugs and it is important to recognize these and seek help. One of the most obvious side effects is changes in the user’s mood. One moment the person may seem calm and relaxed and next they are very irritable. As they develop a tolerance to the prescription, their mood changes may be more frequent. Other common side effects include erratic behavior, mental cloudiness, anxiety, hyper-activeness, and changes in sleep patterns.

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Treatment Options:

Addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed. If you suspect that someone has a prescription drug problem, speak up and help them find support. As a student, you can use the resources available at the Wellness Center in Weygand Hall or call them at 508- 531-1252. Also, if you’re seeking treatment, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or go to

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