Prescription medications such as pain relievers, central nervous system (CNS) depressants (tranquilizers and sedatives), and stimulants are highly beneficial treatments for a variety of health conditions. Pain relievers enable individuals with chronic pain to lead productive lives; tranquilizers can reduce anxiety and help patients with sleep disorders; and stimulants help people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focus their attention. Most people who take prescription medications use them responsibly. But when abused that is, taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, or taken in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed prescription medications can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction. Read the complete PDF article 416k (opens in new window).
Topics covered in the article include: Opioids, CNS Depressants, Stimulants, Dextromethorphan (DXM), Trends in the Abuse of Prescription Drugs and OTC Medications.