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Xanax is a prescription drug given to people with high anxiety and panic disorders. It works by reducing the abnormally high brain activity and calms the mind by creating the feeling of euphoria. Sometimes, people abuse the drug by taking higher dosages, or mix the drug with alcohol to increase its effects.
The use of prescription medication in a manner not authorized by the doctor or taking an amount not prescribed is known as prescription drug abuse. Prescription medication abuse also occurs if an individual consumes prescription drugs that are not intended for or have not been prescribed to them.
After marijuana and Over the Counter drugs (OTCs), prescription drugs are the most commonly abused in Cleveland .
Prescription drugs often serve as gateway drugs and have been cited as the first drug used by individuals aged 12 and above. This is because of the common misconception that some medications are safer to intake than others since they are prescribed by a medical professional. The prescription drug abuse problem has escalated to such an extent that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has now classified it as an epidemic.
The most commonly abused prescription medications include painkillers, anti anxiety medication, stimulants and sedatives.
Xanax addiction is not only common with adults. Teenagers are just as much addicted these days. When teens become addicted they start showing signs of disinterest in their daily lives. They start being dishonest and secretive and they become extremely moody and change their habits. Sometimes, these teenagers get a hold of these prescription drugs and start giving them out in school. Parents need to be very vigilant about such an activity, and make sure their children are safe.
Opiate addiction develops due to consumptions of different types of opiates. All opiates are extracted from the opium poppy plant, but what makes each different is the way that they are processed and synthesized.
Different opiates include morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, opium and thebian. All opiates affect the brain in the same way; they attack the reward center and block the pain. Prescription opiates are given for dealing with reducing pain but with opiate addiction, the central nervous system is damaged in such a way the user becomes physically dependent on opiates for the brain to function normally.