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The Two Faces of Prescription Drugs

Prescription medications are helpful in the right doses, at the right time, and when the user is aware of all potential side effects.

  • What’s the other side of prescription medication?


  • Dependency and then addiction can occur, especially to pain medication.
  • Abuse can occur, especially with pain medication. The abuser can be the person who holds the prescription, or someone in the household who is stealing the medication for recreational use.
    • The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports the number of prescription medicine abusers in 2014 was 6.5 million.
    • Several factors have contributed to the severity of prescription drug abuse, including: drastic increases in the number of prescriptions written, greater social acceptance of using medications, and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies.
  • Potential overdoses are a risk associated with any prescription medication.