Prescription Drugs... They're in the home and on the streets! Nine million Americans, 12 years + used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in 1999. There are three classes...

  1. Opioids(Generally prescribed for pain relief)
    Some examples: OxyContin, Darvoset, Vicodin, Demerol, Dilaudid.
    Some effects: depressed respiration; physical dependence, withdrawal and/or addiction; if large enough dose-death
  2. Depressants (Generally prescribed for anxiety and tension)
    Some examples: Valium, Librium, Xanax
    Some effects: lethargy; physical dependence, withdrawl and/or addiction; brain seizures after discontinued use
  3. Stimulants (Generally prescribed for narcolepsy and attention-deficit)
    Some examples: Dexedrine; Ritalin, Meridia
    Some effects: Elevated blood pressure; increased heart rate; increased respiration; potential addiction; cardiovascular failure or lethal seizures; possible paranoia

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