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.
Benzodiazepine Abuse Basics
Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers -- familiar names are Valium and Xanax -- that are easily abused. Learn more about the effects, symptoms, and abuse of these drugs.
Drug Overdose Basics
Learn how to recognize a drug overdose - either intentional or accidental - and what to do about it.
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.
Substance Abuse: Know the Signs
It’s not just about illegal drugs. Using pain meds, alcohol, and other legal substances the wrong way can also harm your health.
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.
Back Pain: Medication and Addiction
Narcotic addiction is a risk, especially for chronic pain treatment, but the larger problem may be untreated pain.
7 Dangerous Drug Mistakes
Experts explain the dangers of mixing drugs, not checking labels, and other common drug mistakes.
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
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.
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.