Prescription Drugs Abuse Directory
Drug abuse isn't just about illicit drugs such as marijuana or cocaine. Legal medicines with legitimate uses can be abused -- meaning they're taken by someone other than the patient or in a manner or dose other than what's recommended. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about prescription drug abuse, how it occurs, how to treat it, and much more.
Prescription Drug Abuse
About 20% of the U.S. population has abused prescription meds. What defines an addiction, and which drugs are popular?
Treatment of Barbiturate Abuse
If you suspect someone has abused barbiturates, medical attention is needed. Find out what to expect at the emergency room.
Barbiturates, once commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders, can cause death even in small doses - and their abuse is on the rise among teens. Learn more about the effects of barbiturates.
Drug Overdose Basics
Learn how to recognize a drug overdose - either intentional or accidental - and what to do about it.
Painkillers: Warning Signs of Addiction
Many people worry that taking narcotic painkillers will lead to addiction. There are usually warning signs along the way, like the ones listed here.
Prescription Pain Medication Addiction: 7 Myths
Pain and addiction experts debunk myths about prescription pain medication addiction.
Rx Drug Abuse: Common and Dangerous
Experts explain how teens and adults alike are vulnerable to prescription drug abuse for medications ranging from Oxycontin to Ritalin.
Teen Drug Slang: Dictionary for Parents
Understanding slang words for drugs gives parents a key tool in monitoring their teens for drug abuse.
Slideshows & Images
Preventing Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse in Teens
A mother and psychologist whose teenage daughter’s drug abuse began with over-the-counter medicines reflects on why she didn’t see it sooner.
How Parents Can Prevent Teen OTC Drug Abuse
A drug rehab counselor talks about how parents can prevent those first steps to teenage drug addiction.