What is it?
Drugs that are legal prescription and over-the counter (OTC) medications can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs.
Pills that are commonly abused to get high or stay awake include:
- Downers. or painkillers such as oxycodone, oxycontin, Demerol, Percocet, percodan, and vicodin
- Uppers such as Ritalin and other drugs prescribed for ADHD, methamphetamine (desoxcyn), and ecstasy
Methods of abuse:
Typically taken orally
What are the consequences of using it and the possible symptoms?
Using pills to get high, using pills that aren’t prescribed to you, and using pills in any way other than the directions on them, is dangerous.
Signs & Symptoms:
Overuse or overdose of prescription drugs can cause:
- Damage to vital organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys
- Heart attack
- Brain damage