Teens are using prescription drugs as recreational drugs. They have easy access to these drugs and consider them safer than street drugs.
Adam Hall died at 18 years old from an overdose of a prescripton muscle relaxant. His mother, Stacy Hall, and Steve Pasierb of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America talk to NBC’s Katie Couric. Watch the video interview at:
18% Abuse Vicodin;
10% Abuse OxyContin, Ritalin and Adderall; and
9% Abuse Cough Medications.
Let’s take a look at the OxyContin, Ritalin and Adderall. Most of us know that Ritalin and Adderall are Psychostimulants, better known as stimulants used in treating ADD or ADHD.
Oxycodone is an opioid drug causing a similar reaction to the body as does morphine). It was developed in 1916 in Germany. It was introduced to the pharmaceutical market as Eukodal or Eucodal and Dinarkon. Its chemical name is derived from codeline – the chemical structures are very similar.
It was first introduced inthe U.S. in May 1939 and is the active ingredient in a number of pain medications commonly prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain (oxycodone, OxyContin), namely Percocet, Endocet, Tylox, Roxicet) or aspirin (Percodan, Endodan, Roxiprin ). More recently, ibuprofen has been added to oxycodone under the name (Combunox).
An extended-release formulation of oxycodone, OxyContin, was first introduced to the US market by Purdue in 1996. Critics have accused Purdue of putting profits ahead of public interest by ignoring the addictive potential of the drug.
Purdue, Pharma and its top executives pleaded guilty to felony charges that they misbranded and misled physicians and the public by claiming OxyContin was less likely to be abused, less addictive, and less likely to cause withdrawal symptoms than other opiate drugs. The company also paid millions in fines relating to aggressive off-label marketing practices in several states.
It’s just a matter of time that you will similar stories about Adderall and Ritalin. The drug industry is out to line their own pockets.
One person lists the side effects of Adderall when used recreationally:
“Intense focus especially on very small tasks, like making countless LISTS, making everything- even the mundane- seem worthwhile and enjoyable, very closed off- want to be alone, time races by, total loss of appetite, powerful sense that you can get anything done, productivity, creative ease, bad skin, VERY dry mouth, not knowing how to interact normally with people, insomnia, extreme bodily temperature fluxuations; basically, it makes you a bit superhuman- you don’t need to eat or sleep and you can do anything. but when it’s gone it’s not so pleasant…”
Others prescribed Adderall for ADHD say:
“Quiet, almost intoxicated state when medicine first takes effect as if my brain is switched off. Agitation and angry mood when it wears in the evening. Often forget to eat all day and then overeat all night: weight gain.”
“Dry mouth, jaw clenching, stiff lower back and headaches.”
jittery, dizzy, dont eat at all never get thirsty, very irritated very easily, mood swings, most of the time im depressed, dont like to talk, i have to do something like draw or doodle. when i take it at night just to keep from eating i stay up and cant go to sleep(only did that once and never do it again)i do my work i blink my eyes alot (i have ocd also which in my case causes that including having to do something a certain amount of times, and evrerything has to be perfect) it makes me ocd even worse. i have been taking it for more than eleven years and none of those things have went away.”
At a massive overdose (about 80mg for me), my hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar) is immensely intensified, to point you can barely move head without vision blacking out. Head feels like it’s floating (High-ish), vision is blurry. Other effects may occur as well, below Normal to Abused amount (20-40mg for me) It gives EXTREME happiness, pity for others becomes realistic+intensified, UNBELIEVABLE energy, Constantly contemplate about life\people\ethics, Ridiculous talkativity (emotional/blabberish), If taken past morning insomnia occurs, boring tasks which take 20 seconds to get off track become 100% satisfying for hours, frequent urinating, very depressing emotional & energy crashes occur, Quick + obvious weight loss, Sleepyness+Appetite is completely gone, hypoglycemia intensified, style of thinking is different + more clear, finger twitch, constant teeth grinding urge all day leaving mouth sore. Sweating while awake/asleep occurs. Temperature perception changes in ways hard to exp”
What others are saying about Ritalin Side Effects:
“no sex drive, weight gain, people told i have changed It messed up my brains I wasn’t depressed but I was acting like real mental Feeling like they put some machine inside of my brain which thinks for me. It is really scary”
“euphoria, loose stools, gas, physical and psychological addiction, depression and scary withdrawals on the days I don’t take it”
“swelling of tongue, difficulty pronouncing words”
“Heart palpitations, urinary incontinence after going the bathroom, nervousness, paranoia and an increased need to masturbate. Hope that last side effect isn’t too vulgar sounding to read, but it is a side effect.”
These drugs are dangerous to those who are prescribed it. Now we have teens and college students taking them recreationally and for use in studying. Drugs are drugs, even if they are prescribed. Tell a friend. Educate your children, your teens, your friends, your loved ones.