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Prescription drug addiction issues

When many New Jersey residents think about drug addictions, they may think only about illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine. While certainly these drugs are known to be addictive and related to many serious criminal charges, they are far from the only substances that could contribute to such situations. As WebMD explains, many prescription medications with viable medical uses may be highly addictive

The National Institute on Drug Abuse confirms that prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States today as an estimated 48 million people nationally are believed to have taken prescription medications for reasons other than their originally intended medical purposes. Opioids are supposed to help people who need to manage severe pain such as after an operation. Their highly addictive qualities may become problematic for people who end up seeking the sedentary or euphoric sensations they may produce. Oxycodone, hydrocodone or morphine are a few examples of these drugs.

Also sometimes sought for calming purposes are depressants like valium or xanax. These medications can often be given to people with panic attacks or serious anxiety. On the flip side are stimulants like adderall or concerta that boost people's wakefulness or ability to focus. These are often prescribed for people with ADHD or sleep disorders.

If you would like to learn more about what types of drugs may be most addictive and how a drug addiction might be related to criminal charges you face, please feel free to visit the prescription medication page of our New Jersey criminal defense website.

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