Which Prescription Drugs are Most Addictive?

Prescriptions give a patient access to a medication not available on an OTC (over the counter) basis. They also contain specific instructions, such as what strength should be given and how often the medication should be taken.

Prescription Medication Abuse

There are two different ways in which prescription medications can be abused.

1. Taking a Medication Prescribed to Someone Else

Someone who uses prescription drugs recreationally will develop a tolerance over time. It will take a higher dose for them to achieve the same effect.

2. Using the Medication Other than Prescribed by the Doctor

• Taking the drug more frequently than directed
• Taking a higher amount than instructed by the doctor
• Altering the form of the medication before taking it by cursing or dissolving it rather than swallowing it whole
• Giving or selling the drugs to someone who has similar symptoms

Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

The prescription drugs listed below are highly addictive, as well as being some of the most commonly abused medications. Each of these drugs also has similar ones like them that have the same potential for abuse.

• OxyContin

This time-release prescription pain medication gives users an intense feeling of euphoria when crushed and snorted or injected. The misuse of “Hillbilly Heroin” has been the cause of numerous overdoses.

• Vicodin

Vicodin is another opiate pain medication that is abused for its euphoric effects. When a physical dependence takes effect, withdrawal symptoms tend to be quite pronounced. Users tend to keep taking the drug, which only continues the cycle of abuse, leading to a full-blown addiction.

• Percocet

This is one of the first drugs that was abused for its euphoric effects instead of its intended purpose, which was to provide pain relief. This highly-addictive drug may lead to heart failure if used over a long period of time.

• Darvocet

Darvocet is an opioid that was originally prescribed for patients recovering from surgery or an injury. Since this medication contains acetaminophen, it can lead to liver problems if taken for an extended time.

• Ritalin

Ritalin is prescribed for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. This drug is a stimulant that has been used as a substitute for cocaine by those without a prescription. It increases blood pressure and can lead to psychotic episodes in some users.

• Amphetamines

These types of drugs produce a type of high that is similar to that which cocaine users may experience. A person using them feels a “rush” and a burst of energy before feeling exhausted, depressed and anxious. In order to avoid feeling tired and the negative feelings that go with it, the user will often take another dose, and this is where they run the risk of becoming addicted. These types of drugs are often used by students and others who want to stay awake for a long time.

Prescription medications are only meant for the person whose name appears on the label. When they are not taken as directed, the door is open to prescription drug abuse and prescription addiction.