Drugs Are Bad For You.

It’s a common phrase when you’re telling your children not to take drugs as they get older. Drugs are dangerous. Parent’s learn early on to remind their children not to take drugs or go to parties. But, what are we supposed to do when it’s a suggested medication? If you, a teenager or a child is showing signs of depression, anxiety, ADHD or difficulty sleeping, it’s suggested to take medication for it. And, not only is it suggested, but it’s super easy to get, too. Your doctor knows your health the best, and if they realize something is off, all they need to do is write a prescription for it. Once the prescription is made and you start taking meds, the ball is entirely in your court. Here are some of the most addictive prescription drugs you can get from your doctor.

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Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

10. Percocet

Percocet is a popular moderate to severe pain medication that contains oxycodone and acetaminophen. This pain medication is good for post-surgical pain, pain from an injury, or another cause of pain.

Street Names for Percocet

  • Hillbilly heroin
  • Perks
  • Percs

Addiction

Percocet can give you a euphoric feeling or a feeling of calm/relaxation. It also heightens your pleasure and you can become dependant on it. Just like any other drug medication, you can grow a tolerance to Percocet and become addicted.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

8. Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a popular narcotic that can treat severe pain. Just like Percocet, it can treat post-op surgeries or any other serious accident that results in crucial pain.

Street Names for Fentanyl

  • Apache
  • China Girl
  • Friend

Addiction

Fentanyl can become very addicting after using it for awhile. It’s more potent than heroin and 100x more potent than morphine. Fentanyl can be taken as patches, lollipops, tongue film or pills.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

9. Suboxone

Suboxone is a medication used to reverse other consumed drugs. Many recovery centers will use this as part of their detox ritual. New Start will start you on Suboxone but makes sure you’re 100% off all drug medications by the time you finish detox.

Street Names for Suboxone

  • Sobos
  • Bupe
  • Sub or Subs

Addiction

Since Suboxone is used to treat other opioid addictions, one can get addicted to taking Suboxone for as long as they take other drugs. They could also try quitting cold turkey with Suboxone’s help, but become dependent on Suboxone instead.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

7. Demerol

Demerol treats moderate to severe pain, just like the ones I referenced above. It can cause respiratory distress or death if taken with other substances, or taken more than prescribed.

Street Names for Demerol

  • Smack
  • Dust
  • Juice

Addiction

Demerol is a quick drug that runs in your system and can cause a sense of euphoria and rush. It’s possible to overdose or die from taking Demerol if you’re abusing the prescription.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

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6. Amphetamine

Amphetamine is used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It can also be used for recreational or non-medical purposes. Amphetamine can cause euphoria and weight loss.

Street Names for Amphetamine

  • Bennies
  • Speed
  • Ampes

Addiction

Amphetamine is used in various ways; with pills, crushing & snorting, or dissolving the powder in water to inject. Many students use this to perform better in school, but a TIME study discusses that students who use Amphetamines did not perform any better, instead some performed worse.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

5. Codeine

Codeine is used for the common cold/cough or to treat pain. It can also be used to treat diarrhea. Compared to other narcotic medications in this article, this medication is used for very mild to moderate pain levels.

Street Names for Codeine

  • Captain Cody
  • Cody
  • Schoolboy

Addiction

Codeine can become addictive with a long-term usage. As one grows a tolerance to Codeine, it can become easy to continue using. If you’re regularly using Codeine, you could become dependant on it and have an addiction. Call us at 855-737-7363, we can help.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

4. Ritalin

Ritalin is a common prescription medication used to treat ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy. A lot like other medications, the better tolerance you have to it the easier it is to become dependent and addicted.

Street Names for Ritalin

  • Kiddy Coke
  • Vitamin R
  • Skippy

Addiction

Just like Amphetamines, Ritalin increases alertness and concentration. Students in school might take it to help them focus on studies and homework. Some students might take Ritalin to feel high and can grow a strong dependence on this medication.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

3. Xanax

Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It’s a pretty common narcotic but it can also be very addicting. We have an article about narcotics vs. psych meds that is useful to many.

Street Names for Xanax

  • Zannie
  • Bennies
  • Bars

Addiction

Xanax is one of the most addictive prescription drugs on the market today. Even people who take it as prescribed can become addicted to Xanax. It can be very dangerous if you become dependent on the drug.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

2. Vicodin

Vicodin is a common medication for treating pain. It’s also one of the most addictive prescription drugs, especially combined with alcohol or other substances.

Street Names for Vicodin

  • Vikes
  • Hydros
  • Lorris

Addiction

Around 2 million people are addicted to Vicodin today. It’s one of the most affordable opiates which is another reason it’s so popular to consume. The Vicodin addiction for our country costs more than $484 billion a year in healthcare, lost job wages, traffic accidents & in the criminal justice system.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

1. Oxycontin

Oxycontin (brand name for Oxycodone) is a highly addictive drug. Its main purpose is to treat moderate to severe pain, but it’s often misused.

Street Names for Oxycontin

  • Cotton
  • Oxys
  • OCs

Addiction

Those addicted to oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin addiction.  Many will start with Oxy’s and then find heroin to be a cheaper alternative. This results in a major addiction problem, which is growing and at an all-time high today.

Opioid pain relievers kill more people annually than heroin or cocaine.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call us at 855-737-7363.

Drug dependency is serious but it can be treated. It’s easy to lose hope and give up, but you have the power to kick those thoughts out. You CAN achieve recovery, and we would be happy to help you. Call us at 855-737-7363 for more information about our programs.