Millions of people are prescribed pain killers and other addictive medications every day. When used properly, prescription pills can be extremely helpful and productive for a plethora of medical conditions. However, when abused, prescription drugs become extremely dangerous. Here are some signs that you or someone you love may be abusing a prescription med.
Taking a Higher Dose Than Prescribed
Once someone begins taking more meds than prescribed, it becomes a slippery slope. Anytime you feel you may need more of a certain medication; you must consult your doctor. If the medication has addictive qualities, you should never increase the dose on your own.
Getting Upset When a Prescription Can’t Be Filled
It’s one thing to feel like you need meds for health reasons, but if someone is becoming desperate to get a prescription filled, there may be a problem. Drug-seeking behaviors, like calling multiple doctors, asking friends for pills, or just a general sense of desperation should be noted. This could be a sign that the person is abusing their prescription.
Changes in Sleeping and Eating Habits
While it is true that some prescription drugs have side effects, extreme changes in a regular routine could be a sign of a problem. If someone begins losing sleep, or sleeping for many more hours than usual, it could be because of medication abuse. In addition, if a person loses their appetite or starts skipping meals altogether, this could also be a sign. Sudden weight loss could be a side effect of a change in eating habits as well.
Crushing or Breaking Pills to Increase Their Intensity
Prescription medications are supposed to be used in their original pill form by mouth. If someone begins crushing, breaking, or snorting medication – that is a clear indicator that they are abusing their prescription.
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