Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drugs can cure illness and block pain, and sometimes we need their beneficial effects. These drugs can also cause dependency and side effects that interfere with life. Because of this high potential for abuse, doctors monitor their patients closely for problems and limit the amount and duration of the prescription, in addition to watching for side effects.

Unfortunately, because these are legal drugs that can be prescribed by a doctor, sometimes teens and young adults may have a tendency to see these as “safe” alternatives to street drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs, such as Oxycontin, hydrocodone, and other opiates has been on the increase in South Dakota. Other types of commonly abused prescription drugs include amphetamines, Valium, and Percodan.

Prescription drugs are not safe for use by anyone other than the person for whom they were prescribed. Overdose or use with alcohol can cause death. Continued use can lead to dependence and long-term health problems.

Warning: It is illegal for anyone to sell or trade prescription drugs that are considered controlled substances. See the warning label on the side of the bottle for this information.