Prescription Drugs Facts
What is prescription drug abuse?
Prescription drug abuse is the use of medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience of feelings elicited. Several national surveys found that prescription drugs are abused at rates second only to marijuana. The consequences of prescription drug abuse are steadily worsening, resulting in increased treatment admissions, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths.
When youth were asked how they obtained prescription drugs for non-medical use, most said they were given the drugs or purchased them from a friend or relative. Additionally, youth who abuse prescription drugs are also more likely to report use of other drugs.
The risks for addiction to prescription drugs increase when medications are used in ways other than as prescribed (that is, at higher doses or combined with alcohol or other drugs).
Hudson Police Department has a permanent 24/7 unwanted medication take-back kiosk for residents to safely dispose of these drugs.
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