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Rx paper prescriptionPrescription drug abuse is prevalent throughout the United States and the world. Some sources state that prescription abuse is an epidemic.  Prescription drugs that are abused or used for non-medical reasons can alter brain activity and lead to dependence. Assuming that the user started with a legal prescription (as opposed to stealing from medicine cabinets or obtaining meds illegally on the streets), patients can  find themselves on a dwindling spiral where they are out of control; they'll do anything to refill their prescription. Instead of being honest with their physician, patients will make up symptoms and/or exaggerate and pretend their illness persists. Often times they'll make up a new ailment in hopes of getting refills. 
On the flip side, some prescription abusers have never seen a doctor, but instead have obtained the medication either by stealing from medicine cabinets, or obtaining them on the streets.
Most people experiment with prescription drugs for many reasons including to have fun, lose weight, help in studying or to numb a pain. Family members or friends will take advantage of the medication left in cabinets or around the house. Justification comes easy because the user may believe the medication safe because they are prescribed by a medical doctor.
Stop prescription drug abuse. Office of National Drug Control Policy
Abuse of prescription drugs to get high has become increasingly prevalent among teens and young adults. Past year abuse of prescription pain killers now ranks second—only behind marijuana—as the Nation’s most prevalent illegal drug problem.
Many Americans benefit from the appropriate use of prescription pain killers, but, when abused, they can be as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs. Prescription drugs should only be taken exactly as directed by a medical professional.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there is a growing concern on the trends of prescription drug abuse with older adults, adolescents and women. "Persons 65 years of age and above comprise only 13 percent of the population, yet account for approximately one-third of all medications prescribed in the United States. Older patients are more likely to be prescribed long-term and multiple prescriptions, which could lead to unintentional misuse."
Trash bags in front of home Disposing of Prescription Medications
Federal guidelines are clear on how to dispose of prescription medications.
You should take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers and throw them in the trash. Mixing prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and putting them in non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, will further ensure the drugs are not diverted.
You should flush unused medications only if label of accompanying information specifically instructs doing so.
Some communities offer pharmaceutical take-back programs.
Oxycontin bottle and pills Oxycontin
Among some of the more dangerous prescription substances is Oxycontin. Oxycontin is the trade name for the drug oxycodone hydrochloride produced by Purdue Pharma.  Oxycontin has quickly become one of the most common forms of self medicating which can quickly evolve into addiction. Although Oxycontin has only been on the market for a little over ten years, it has already ruined countless lives and hundreds of users have died.
Oxycodone has been around several decades and was used for post surgical pain, broken bones, migraines, back pain, etc. But while Percocet and Percodan only have about five milligrams of oxycodone, Unlike aspirin or acetaminophen, oxycodone does not have a threshold to its effectiveness. The more one takes, the more relief it provides. Or, unfortunately, once hooked, the more one takes, the more one attempts to get a better high.
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