Do you know what your teen is up to when you’re not looking? What about your spouse, your parents and your friends? Hopefully they aren’t rummaging through your medicine cabinet to find something they can take to get high. Many of us would never think to use a prescription drug for something other than its intended purpose, or to take something that wasn’t prescribed for us and absolutely necessary.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of other people who not only consider this, but act on the impulse to misuse and abuse prescription drugs. Sometimes they work the system and see a doctor, or multiple doctors, and get the prescription for themselves, but often, they are looking through your medicine cabinet when you’re in the other room, getting them for free from friends or buying them online or from dealers.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem; according to the Centers for Disease Control it is an epidemic. Just like any addiction, it can ultimately ruin or even end someone’s life. (more…)