How to Tell If Your Loved One is Abusing Prescription Drugs

Thousands of people in America rely on prescription drugs everyday. However, this reliance can slowly and unknowingly turn into an addiction. If you have a friend or loved one abusing their prescription drugs, you will notice changes in three key areas: socially, physically and mentally. It is important to realize that every person’s situation is different and one or a few of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily point to prescription drug abuse.

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The Dangers Withdrawal Symptoms of Barbiturate Abuse

Barbiturates have been around since the early 1900’s but didn’t become widespread until the 1960’s and 1970’s. They were prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizure disorders and used as an anesthetic. As safer sedatives have been produced, barbiturate use has steadily declined, although they are still in use in many hospitals for general anesthesia.

As prescriptions for barbiturates rose, so did overdose and abuse. Barbiturates were often abused to fight anxiety, decrease inhibitions and treat unwanted effects of illicit drugs.

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