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Painkillers, Narcotic Abuse, and Addiction
One of the most frequent reasons people go to the doctor is for pain relief. There are a number of different prescription drugs that can ease pain. Opioids – also called opiates or narcotics – are pain relievers made from opium, which comes from the poppy plant. Morphine and codeine are the two natural products of opium.
An addiction to prescription drugs may form over time by taking medication prescribed to you by your doctor, or by taking medications prescribed to someone else for reasons other than intended by a health care provider. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in our nation resulting in many unintentional overdoses and deaths. However, there is hope for recovery from prescription drug addiction when you seek help through an accredited drug addiction treatment center.
When people use narcotics only to control pain, they are unlikely to become addicted to the drugs. However, opioids provide an intoxicating high when injected or taken orally in high doses. Opioids are also powerful anxiety relievers. For these reasons, narcotic abuse is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in the U.S.
Many prescription drugs, when misused, can become addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse the most common prescription drugs being misused are:
Hydrocodone (Vicodin®,Lorcet®, Lortab®)
Oxycodone (OxyContin®,Percocet®, Percodan®)
|Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®)
Methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Concerta®)