Drug Counselor Video Transcription:
“The most commonly abused prescription drugs pretty much fall into three areas. There are the opioids, which are most oftenly prescribed to treat pain. For example, OxyContin (oxycodone). These, actually, have probably gotten the most media coverage, but codeine is something that’s prescribed in Tylenol 3.
The second family of drugs in the central nervous system, depressants, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. For example, Xanax and Ambien. Then finally, the family of stimulants, really to treat patients who may have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Examples, of course, would be Adderall and Vyvanse.
Why do people abuse these? Why is it so common lately? Probably because of the easy accessibility to it and availability, and more and more people are being diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and we’ve got to be really aware of it. Again, Partnership for a Drug-Free America stated in the report last year that abuse of pills by teenagers was greater than the combination of cocaine, methamphetamines, and ecstasy all put together. So we need to be aware of these in this space.”