What are the signs of Rx drug abuse?

Published 07/23/2015 09:31 AM   |    Updated 07/23/2015 09:31 AM
What are the signs of Rx drug abuse?

Early detection of addiction can mean the difference between life and death. Knowing the signs and symptoms of addiction cannot replace professional treatment, but it can identify a serious problem before it's too late.

Watch for the following red flags with prescription usage:

-Sleep pattern changes

-Taking more than prescribed

-"Craving" just one more pill/refill

-Running out of prescriptions too soon

-Mixing pills and alcohol

-Appearance of intoxication, hyperactivity or loss of energy/interest

-Continually "losing" prescriptions & requesting replacements

-Seeking prescriptions for more than one injury or with multiple doctors

-Abnormal behaviors, hostility, withdrawal or sudden personality changes

-Poor decision making, such as secrecy or defiance

-Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions

-Other "risk taking" behaviors such as tobacco use and excessive drinking indicate higher likelihood for these types of

behaviors could be present

For more information about signs and symptoms of Rx drug abuse go to http://www.in.gov/bitterpill/symptoms.html

For information about treatment go to http://www.in.gov/bitterpill/2377.html (some of these site addresses may change with the new org)

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