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Prescription Drug Abuse

If you take a medicine in a way that is different from what the doctor prescribed, it is called prescription drug misuse. It could be:

  • Taking a medicine that was prescribed for someone else
  • Taking a larger dose than you are supposed to
  • Taking the medicine in a different way than you are supposed to. This might be crushing tablets and then snorting or injecting them.
  • Using the medicine for another purpose, such as getting high

Misusing some prescription drugs can lead to addiction. These include opioids, sedatives, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

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  1. Prescription Drug Misuse (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... from what the doctor prescribed, it is called prescription drug misuse. It could be: Taking a medicine that was ...
  2. How Can Prescription Drug Misuse Be Prevented? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    Prescription Drug Misuse/Prevention and Risk Factors ... Prescription Drug Misuse ... National Institute on Drug Abuse ... From the National Institutes of Health ... Physicians, ...
  3. Prescription Drug Misuse/Statistics and Research ... Prescription Drug Misuse ... National Institute on Drug Abuse ... From the National Institutes of Health ... Trends and ...
  4. Substance Use and Military Life From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    Veterans and Military Health/Statistics and Research ... Veterans and Military Health ... National Institute on Drug Abuse ... From the National Institutes of Health ...
  5. Pregnancy and Substance Use (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... be passed along to your baby during pregnancy. Prescription drug misuse Misusing prescription drugs can also be harmful. Misuse can include taking more than your prescribed dose ...
  6. Misuse of Prescription Drugs Research Report From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    Prescription Drug Misuse/Start Here ... Prescription Drug Misuse ... National Institute on Drug Abuse ... From the National Institutes of Health ... Misuse of prescription ...
  7. How Can Prescription Drug Addiction Be Treated? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    Prescription Drug Misuse/Treatments and Therapies
  8. Which Classes of Prescription Drugs Are Commonly Misused? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  
    Prescription Drug Misuse/Statistics and Research
  9. Opioids and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... that a baby has after being exposed to drugs during pregnancy. Another problem with increased opioid misuse is that it can also lead to more heroin use. There are some people who switch from prescription opioids to heroin because heroin may be cheaper ...
  10. Safe Opioid Use (National Library of Medicine)  
    What are opioids? Opioids, sometimes called narcotics, are a type of drug. They include strong prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, ...
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