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What Prescription Drugs Are Most Addictive?

What Prescription Drugs Are Most Addictive?

If you are like most people in Nebraska, you have been given at least one prescription for a medication by a doctor at some point. However, did you know that many such drugs can be highly addictive? While not everyone who takes a prescription medication develops an addiction to it, those that do may be at risk not only of certain health hazards but also for being accused of criminal activity. The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that as many as one in five Americans have taken prescription medications for purposes other than their intended uses.

Stimulants, depressants and opioid pain medications are among the most addictive drugs prescribed today according to WebMD. Some of these drugs actually cause the brain to change how it is structured and therefore how it works.

Stimulants help people improve their focus and feel more alert. Some commonly used medications include adderall, concerta and Rrtalin. Depressants help people relax or feel more at ease and are often used to treat severe anxiety or even panic disorders. Examples include valium or ativan. Opioids offer help to those with serious pain and also may produce a sedative or euphoric sensation. Examples of some of the addictive opioids include hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone and even morphine. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Nebraska residents an overview of some of the prescription drugs that may be addictive and contribute to a person's abuse of a drug and potentially even criminal charges.

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