Prescription Drug Abuse
What Is Accidental Prescription Drug Overdose?
Who Is At Risk?
Symptoms of a Prescription Drug Overdose
Whether intentional or accidental, a prescription drug overdose is a medical emergency. Recognizing the signs and symptoms is vital in identifying an overdose and receiving immediate medical attention.
- Mental changes
- Emotional changes
- Delusions of grandeur
- Shallow breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Chest pain
- Pinpoint pupils
How You Can Prevent Prescription Drug Overdose
Develop a Pain Management Plan
Store Prescription Drugs Securely
Properly Dispose Medications After Treatment
In some instances, there may be additional medication left after treatment. The best way to safely dispose of the remaining medication is through a drug take-back program. There are also steps and methods to properly dispose of medication at home.
Avoid Alcohol and Mixing Drugs
Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction increases the presence and severity of health risks and can result in overdose or other medical emergencies. However, many side effects can be reversed with proper treatment, and day-to-day quality of life can be restored.
Detoxification, or detox, is when the body can metabolize and eliminate substances from the body fully. The time in which this takes can depend on several factors, including:
- Medication(s) used
Outpatient care allows individuals to attend sessions and meet their recovery needs with anonymity and access to a routine that inpatient care may not provide. This also allows the individual to apply new coping mechanisms and techniques in daily life.
There are many forms of therapy available as a prescription drug addiction treatment method. Some of the most utilized forms are:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectic behavioral therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy