ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS

WHAT WE KNOW

Prescription pain relievers, especially those with opioids such as morphine and codeine, must be used carefully and under a
doctor’s supervision
.

Central nervous system (CNS) depressants are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders but can become addictive.

Stimulants are prescribed to treat narcolepsy (a sleep disorder that includes uncontrollable sleepiness and frequent daytime sleeping) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But when stimulants are misused, they can be addictive, dangerous, and even fatal.

Read the instructions that come with any medication – prescription or over-the-counter. All drugs should be taken exactly as recommended. Report any side effects to your doctor.

Even if you have the same symptoms as a friend does, never take someone else’s prescription drugs.

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