In today’s society, millions of Americans rely on prescription medication to overcome disabilities, mental disorders, pain, and more. However, some medications have euphoric effects and addiction tendencies. Therefore, what are the most prescribed drugs that lead to addiction?
VicodinVicodin, a mix of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a pain relieving medication with high rates of prescriptions. However, there is also abuse for non-medical purposes. In fact, this opioid is the most popular prescription drug in America today. Opioid painkiller abuse is at an all time high. Unfortunately, their negative effects are costing lives across the country. From slowed breathing to effects on the brain, there is overwhelming evidence that translates to the growing epidemic and its devastation. Specifically, more than 139 million Vicodin prescriptions were filled in 2010 alone.
XanaxXanax, the brand name for alprazolam, treats anxiety and panic disorders. However, despite their positive impact on anxiety, they sell on the street for their euphoric effects. Since 2006, the number of Xanax prescriptions is growing rapidly. In fact, in 2011, over 47 million prescriptions were filled. Xanax abuse stems from its euphoric effects. Specifically, Xanax gives users extreme relaxation, suggestibility, and in some cases hallucinations. These “feel-good” and “giddy” symptoms have led to abuse and addiction across the nation.
OxyContinOxyContin, the brand name for oxycodone, is another prescription painkiller with major addictive concerns. This opioid treats acute to chronic pain. However, its abuse is reaching epidemic proportions. In addition, nearly seven million people used OxyContin for non-medical reasons in 2013, along with 53 million prescription filled during the same year.
AdderallAdderall is a household name amongst college students and young adults today. This stimulant is frequently prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, it also is a cognitive enhancer with euphoric and aphrodisiacal effects. Today, 35 percent of college students use this drug, with reports of seven percent for non-medical purposes. According to the New York Times, roughly 16 million Adderall prescriptions were written in 2012 for adults between ages 20 and 39.
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