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Prescription painkiller addiction
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Although over the counter drugs are available to purchase without a prescription from your doctor, it doesn’t mean that there are no dangers involved with abusing this type of medication.
Hundreds of people all over the world misuse and abuse prescription drugs, whether it be intentionally or unintentionally.
Prescription drug misuse can be described as using prescription medication in a way that is not intended by the prescribing doctor.
This could mean that taking someone else’s prescribed medication, taking more than what your doctor has prescribed. For example – regularly taking twice as many tranquilisers as prescribed.
Codeine is a moderately strong opiate drug that is used to manage physical pain as a result of conditions such as arthritis, migraines and severe headaches or to relieve pain after surgeries.
When codeine is broken down by the body it turns into morphine which is a much stronger painkiller from the opioid family and is used in the manufacture of heroin.
Prescription drug abuse can be defined as taking medication differently to how you were instructed in order to feel the pleasurable effects or a “high” or to avoid the unpleasant side-effects of not taking the drug.
For example this could be taking your prescribed Ambien three or four times a day instead of the prescribed frequency and duration.
It’s important to be conscious of the long-term effects that continued prescription medication abuse can have on your body and overall quality of life.
Most of us are prescribed powerful painkillers at some point in our lives by a doctor. It is because of their analgesic (painkilling) properties that we first come into contact with and use opiates.
An opiate is a narcotic anaesthetic that directly affects and depresses your central nervous system. Opiates are extremely addictive substances.
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