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Prescription Drugs

Many people who take prescription medications use them responsibly. They can however be misused—that is, taken by someone other than the person for whom the medication was prescribed, or taken in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed. When taken in a way other than intended, prescription medications can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction and is a serious concern.

The prescription medications that tend to get misused are painkillers, sedatives and stimulants.  Please click on the links below to find out more.

Opioid Painkillers such as Percocet, Codeine, Hydromorphone and Fentanyl

Sedatives or Depressants such as Benzodiazepines including Valium, Ativan and Xanax

Stimulants such as those used for ADHD (Ritalin and Adderall)

These medications, although prescribed by a doctor, are also sometimes obtained or stolen from a relative or friend who had a prescription from a doctor.

Need help?

If you or somebody you care about experiences difficulty controlling their use, seek professional help.  For resources in your community contact:  Connex Drug and Alcohol Help Line.

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