Prescription Drugs Can Be Addictive
Drugs you get from a doctor should always be taken as directed. Never more at one time. Never shared. What’s prescribed for you is for you—your symptoms, your weight, and your family history. If you take pills that don’t have your name on the label, you’re taking a serious risk. Watch this short video and learn more.
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Don’t Believe the Hype of Misuse
When you take a pill not prescribed for you, there’s a real chance it’s not going to end well. Prescription drug abuse can lead to addiction in less than a week. It can lead to even worse even faster. See why it’s not a good idea to take prescription drugs without your name on the label.
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Here’s What to Look For
If you experience these signs, or see them in someone else, they may point to addiction:
- You need more pills to achieve the same effect
- Hyperactivity or extreme sleepiness
- Mood/behavior changes, withdrawal from friends and family
- Stealing or forging prescriptions, getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors
- Physical withdrawal such as flu-like symptoms
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Abusing prescription drugs can get out of control in a hurry. Addiction to prescription drugs can happen in as little as five days. If you think you may have a problem, make sure to get help. Right now, you can call the 24/7 Helpline at 844-307-1760 and talk to people who’ve been there—and recovered with the right help themselves.
If you’re experiencing an emergency, call 911 NOW, or have a friend do it for you.
The best help to escape the cycle of addiction is a healthcare provider who’s trained to treat prescription drug abuse. Find one near you, by zip code.