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The 9 Most Addictive Prescription Drugs Available

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every year about 16 million Americans use a prescription drug for non-medical reasons. 

Medicines are widely accessible and are becoming a part of many people’s lifestyle. One in five Americans report misusing a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime. 

Just because drugs were approved for use and are prescribed by a doctor, it doesn’t mean they are safe.

Some start taking drugs as a part of their medical regimen; others do it to fit in with their peer group or to manage their mental and psychological pains and struggles.

The problem is that some people get addicted, which holds devastating consequences and can destroy the lives of individuals and families.
Common Addictive Prescription Drugs 

The most commonly abused groups of pharmaceuticals 
Opioids: usually prescribed for pain relief; opioids are the most widely abused group of medications.

Central nervous system depressants: also known as sedatives or tranquilizers; they are prescribed for sleep disorders and anxiety and have a calming and relaxing effect on the brain.

Stimulants: used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the sleep disorder narcolepsy and obesity. Stimulants increase brain activity and give more energy.

The following 9 drugs have been associated with the highest levels of addictiveness:

Xanax – a benzodiazepine (class of psychoactive drugs) with fast-acting sedating and relaxing effects. Designed for serious panic disorders and anxiety.

Valium – a benzodiazepine, which is very habit-forming and produces ‘highs’ that resemble drunkenness.

Klonopin – similar to Valium and Xanax.

Oxycodone – an opiate, known under brand names Oxycontin and Percocet. It changes the way the brain responds and has been compared to heroin. It produces a euphoric and sedative effect.

Codeine – an opiate that is prescribed for coughs and pain and can often be found in prescription-strength cough syrups.

It’s often combined with other medications and has been popularized as ‘purple drank’ – a concoction made with soda and candy.

Amphetamines (Speed) – stimulants, sold under different brand names, for example, Adderall. They are often abused for their energizing effects by people who want to (or need to) skip on sleep.

Ritalin – a stimulant that increases levels of dopamine in the brain. Readily available and generously prescribed for ADHD.

Demerol – an opioid pain reliever that has violent withdrawal symptoms. Darvocet – a commonly abused pain killer. It has been taken off the market in the US in 2010 due to heart complications it can cause. - Online Sources 


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