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What Do You Know About Prescription Drug Abuse?

Prescription medicines can successfully and safely treat mental and physical illnesses. But some medicines can be addictive and many can be abused. Being aware of these potential harms can help you prevent them. Learn more about prescription medicine abuse by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

1. People of any age, income, education level, and gender can abuse prescription medicines.
2. If you continue to refill a prescription for a painkiller after the medical condition for which it was prescribed has been cured, you could be addicted.
3. Most people who take prescription pain medicines become addicted or physically dependent on them.
4. Medicines that most commonly lead to overuse and addiction are those that affect mood or behavior by changing the brain’s chemistry.
5. Addiction to prescription medicines usually builds gradually.
6. The following behavior may signal abuse: hiding the fact you're still taking a medicine after an illness has been cured.
7. In addition to taking medicine, people dealing with chronic pain should work with their healthcare providers to develop other ways to ease their discomfort.
8. Many people who abuse prescription medicines also abuse alcohol and illegal drugs.
9. Most people addicted to prescription medicines can kick the habit on their own.

Medical Reviewers:

  • Holloway, Beth Greenblatt, RN, MEd
  • Perez, Eric, MD