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The 411 on Prescription Drug Abuse

The 411 on Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is NOT what the doctor ordered.

Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe. But according to a recent University of Michigan survey of 3,600+ university students, at least 20 percent of the students surveyed reported taking prescription drugs just to get high. Where do you fit in?

Q. If you have a tooth pulled, and your dentist gives you a refillable Vicodin prescription for pain, would you use only the pills you need and throw out the rest? Or would you keep the rest and use them to get high?

Q. Do you think prescription drugs that come from a medicine chest are safer to use than street drugs, such as cocaine or heroin?

Q. Do you think you’re less likely to get addicted to prescription drugs, such as painkillers, tranquilizers and stimulants, just because a doctor gives them to you?

Q. Would you use a prescription drug that wasn’t yours to lose weight, cram for an exam, chill out at the end of the day or “perform” better socially or academically?

If you answered “Yes” to even one of these questions, you’d better think again.

Just because you can get prescription drugs from your family’s medicine chest, from a doctor or even on the Internet, doesn’t mean they are safe to use.

In fact, students who abuse prescription drugs are at higher risk for also abusing other drugs and alcohol.

What are the risks of prescription drug abuse?