Top 5 Most Dangerous Addictive Painkillers

November 28, 2016

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Dangerous Addictive Painkillers

When it comes to dangerous addictive painkillers, the average person puts complete trust in their physician’s decisions.  Also, they believe that the drugs are safe because their doctor prescribed them.  With this in mind, people tend to be careless about the dosing instructions and set themselves up for dependency or addiction, or worse.

Furthermore, most people aren’t aware of the potentially addictive qualities of these medications.  For instance, a person taking painkillers for chronic pain doesn’t realize they have become dependent on their prescription drug.  This dependence can happen if the individual feels the drug is not working as well as it should and consequently doubles the dose.  Over time, tolerance increases and this can lead to addiction.

Five of the Most Dangerous Addictive Painkillers

Currently, there are hundreds of prescription dangerous addictive painkillers on the market.  In fact, in 2014, over 4,065,175,000 prescriptions were filled in retail establishments.  Also, the CDC reports that over 28,000 Americans died from painkiller (opiate) overdoses in that same year. Another disturbing number provided by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that 59 percent of adults in the US are on at least one prescription drug.  They also report that 15 percent of those adults are on at least five prescription drugs or other types of painkillers.

To narrow the perspective on this subject, we will look first at the five most commonly prescribed addictive prescription medications:

  • Amphetamines – (Adderall, Ritalin) Prescribed to treat narcolepsy or ADHD.  Known on the streets as “speed.” Used illicitly to induce wakefulness or as a party drug.
  • Benzodiazepines – (Xanax) Prescribed to treat anxiety disorders.  Used illicitly to induce relaxation or sleep.  Known on the street as “benzos” or “downers.”  Tolerance can develop quickly.
  • Opiates – (Oxycodone, Vicodin) Prescribed to manage pain after surgery or injury.  Illicit use involves crushing the drug to be smoked, snorted, or injected. Oxycodone is the most commonly prescribed opiate painkiller.
  • Demerol – Also an opiate.  Prescribed to treat pain.  Tolerance develops quickly.  Withdrawals are intense and should be monitored 24/7 in a treatment facility. Withdrawals such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideations are common and can be life-threatening.
  • Diazepam – (Valium) A benzodiazepine prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks.  Euphoric effects lead to addiction.

The above drugs are the most commonly prescribed painkillers today.  They are also the most widely abused legal drugs on the market.  But, this is only the beginning of an addiction crisis that is quickly spreading across the nation.  Currently, the heroin epidemic surpasses automobile accidents as the number one cause of needless death in our country.

Do Legal Opiates Have a Role in the Heroin Epidemic?

Yes.  Prescription opiates play a huge role in fueling the heroin epidemic.  It begins with high costs and tighter restrictions on prescription painkillers.  Consequently, many of the individuals who are addicted to these highly expensive opiates often turn to cheaper, more readily available illegal drugs such as heroin.  As a result, what began as a prescription drug dependence can become a heroin addiction in a short span of time.  In fact, in 2014, more than 10,500 Americans died from a heroin overdose, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

If you feel that you are developing a dependence on one of the dangerous addictive painkillers, call our toll-free number now, and one of our representatives is available to give you the facts and help you make an informed decision about seeking help.  It is important to remember that the addiction will not go away by itself.  Addiction is a complex disorder that requires professional treatment to ensure a safe and effective recovery.  Our team is highly skilled in this area, and we are ready to help you.

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