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Medications can be effective when they are used properly, but some can be addictive and dangerous when misused. This chart provides a brief look at some prescribed medications that.when used in ways other than they are prescribed.have the potential for abuse and even addiction.
Fortunately, most Americans take their medications responsibly. Addiction to prescription drugs is rare. However, in 2003, approximately 15 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for nonmedical reasons at least once during the year.
What types of prescription drugs are misused or abused?
Three types of drugs are misused or abused most often:
How can you help prevent prescription drug misuse or abuse?
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