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Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are among the most commonly misused substances in the U.S., leading to an opioid overdose crisis. But what exactly are the most addictive prescription drugs? The most commonly abused, addicting prescription drugs include opioids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, stimulants, and sedatives. While these drugs are typically prescribed for legitimate medical reasons, they can also be […]

5 Signs of Painkiller Abuse

Since 1995, when the FDA approved Oxycontin (oxycodone) for medical use to treat chronic or acute pain, the abuse of prescription painkillers has risen steadily. Many believe the current opioid epidemic can be traced, at least in part, to the legitimizing of a powerful synthetic opioid by physicians, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies, without acknowledging its […]

Does Fake Xanax Contain Fentanyl?

Whenever a person takes a drug produced outside of FDA regulations, there is no way to be sure of its contents. Fentanyl is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs—even a small amount of it can be fatal. There have been reports of Xanax, a prescription medication, being sold illicitly with fentanyl in it. This […]

Common Side Effects of Hydrocodone

If you have had a tooth pulled, minor same-day surgery, or a broken bone, chances are you’ve been prescribed hydrocodone for your mild to severe pain. Though it is 30% less potent than oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone is still a potentially addictive, powerful narcotic. Opioid addiction treatment is often needed for hydrocodone abuse and dependency. If […]

What Is Doctor Shopping?

It may sound innocent enough and no different from the process of finding a new family doctor or a specialist to treat a particular ailment, but doctor shopping is more sinister than that. The CDC defines the term doctor shopping as “obtaining controlled substances from multiple healthcare practitioners without the prescriber’s knowledge of other prescriptions,” […]

3 Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs are safe and helpful when you use them as prescribed. But certain kinds of prescription medications can be addictive, and if you start to overuse or abuse them, you can permanently damage your health. The drugs that most often require prescription drug addiction treatment include sedatives, opioids, and stimulants. Sedatives and central nervous […]