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Prescription drug addiction and abuse

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2017 | Drug Charges

Many situations or conditions may require medical treatment with a prescription drug. If you have been prescribed a medication by a doctor in Florida, you should educate yourself about that drug’s side effects. The potential to become addicted to a drug is another thing that is important for you to know about.

Developing an addiction to a prescription medication not only can happen but does happen to many people. In addition to this, the addiction may eventually contribute to a criminal charge. A person attempts to steal money or objects in order to pay for the drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs that may alter your ability to safely operate a vehicle may also put you at risk for a drugged driving arrest.

Healthline indicates that the prescription drugs most commonly abused fall into one of three categories. They may be stimulants that people abuse when they want to be more alert or stay awake. On the other side of the spectrum are depressants that people may use to achieve a relaxed or sedate sensation. Opioid painkillers may also contribute to an overall sedative feeling or even a sense of euphoria. Some people may even develop tolerances to some of the drugs that require them to take more and more in order to reach a desired effect.

If you would like to learn more about the abusive qualities of prescription drugs and how their use may contribute to a potential addiction or drug crime, please feel free to visit the prescription medication addiction page of our Florida criminal defense website.