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In Georgia, prescription drug overdoses increased 10 percent from 2009 to 2010. This trend of increasing prescription drug abuse is being seen across the nation and has prompted many states to establish drug monitoring programs. The state received a $400,000 federal grant in 2011 to help get its program off the ground. The implementation of this new system will mean that the prescribing of medications will be monitored to help combat this growing substance abuse problem in towns like Smyrna, GA.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Classification of Abused Substances

The dangers of prescription drug abuse are not much different than the dangers associated with drugs such as cocaine and heroin. However, due to the fact that prescription medications are often viewed as safe alternatives to illicit drugs, some people abuse them. But far from being safe, many prescription medications are highly addictive and, if used improperly, can lead to death. Different prescription medications have different effects. Below are some commonly abused types of drugs and some signs of their abuse:

  • Opiates (painkillers). Decreased sensitivity to pain, confusion, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, breathing very slowly, or constricted pupils.
  • Benzodiazepines (anxiety medications). Dilated pupils, headaches, dizziness, slurred speech, loss of coordination, memory issues, depression, or fatigue.
  • Stimulants. Breaks from reality, anxiety, changes in sleep habits, chest pain, and rapid heart beat.

Addiction to All Types of Drugs Can Be Successfully Treated

Prescription drug abuse behavior will not go away on its own; those who are caught in the cycle of addiction need help. If you suspect that someone you love in Smyrna is abusing prescription medications or any other addictive substance, contact us today. We can provide you with the assistance you need to help them heal.

Ridgeview institute

3995 S Cobb Dr SE

Smyrna GA, 30080-6397
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