The abuse of pain medications and prescription drugs has been on an alarming rise in recent years.
With this rise comes the tragedy of overdoses and deaths related to these drugs. Treatment and drug rehab are available to address the cases of prescription drug addiction. However, preventative measures can be taken to prevent this substance abuse in the home. The F.D.A. provides us with a guide on the safe use and handling of pain medications.
There are a number of medications that have been abused, but the medications that are raising most concern as of late are those classed as prescription opioids used as pain relievers. Opioids are a semi-synthetic version of opiates like morphine. The chief ingredient of such medications is usually broken down into hydrocodone or oxycodone. Below we take a look at precautions you should take when using and handling such medications to reduce the risk of dependency with you or a loved one.