Sharing Pills Can Kill
Did you know that in 2010, nearly 30% of calls to Carolinas Poison Center about intentional misuse or abuse of drugs involved teens 13-19? Today, over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse is becoming more of a problem than street drug use. Many teens do not see the misuse of OTC and prescription drugs as a threat to their health.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy:
The most commonly abused prescription drugs include:
|Type of Drug||Prescribed to||Also Known As||Brand Names||Generic Names|
||prescribed to relieve pain
||slow normal brain function
|Stimulants||increase alertness, attention,
Several factors contribute to the danger of abusing OTC and prescription drugs. The amount of a substance taken can determine if it becomes toxic. This means products like OTC and prescription drugs can be harmful, even deadly, if they are used in the wrong amount or wrong way.
Prescription drug misuse or abuse can cause:
Plus, if you are taking other medicines or abusing other substances, there can be a dangerous or deadly interaction.
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You can also link to our Substances of Abuse page.