Post by JohnNAbley on Nov 10, 2015 13:27:51 GMT -6
I am a parent of a 14 and 16 year old. I know that they have friends who may experiment with using over-the-counter drugs. In your opinion which are the most common prescription type drugs for us to be concerned about?
Post by Dr. Mathews on Dec 18, 2015 18:14:44 GMT -6
Sorry for the delayed response!
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids (pain killers), stimulants (ADHD medication), sedatives, and over the counter cough medicine.
Opioids: Codeine is one of the more commonly abused opioids. When abused it is usually mixed with Sprite. Some street names include: Syrup, Lean, Purple drank. Other examples of opioids include: Dilaudid, Vicodin, Demerol, Percocet, and OxyContin. Taking these medications not as prescribed can result in drowsiness, confusion, slowed breathing, and death.
Sedatives: Examples of sedatives include: Nembutal/Pentobarbital, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Lunesta, and Ambien. Taking these medications can result in drowsiness, slurred speech, confusion, low blood pressure, slowed breathing, and death These medications are sometimes used as date rape drugs.
Stimulants: Examples of stimulants include: Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin. Taking these medications can result in increased alertness, irregular heart beat, dangerously high body temperature, and heart failure.
OTC Cough syrup: These meds of abuse contain dextromethorphan, DM. Street names include: Triple C, Robo, and Robotripping. Taking these medications can result in slurred speech, temperature; numbness; dizziness; nausea; vomiting; and confusion.
I hope this is helpful. Thank you for your question.