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What three classes of prescription drugs are often abused?

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse says the three classes of prescription drugs that are often abused are:

  • Opioids, which treat pain
  • Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan), which treat anxiety and sleep disorders
  • Stimulants, such as amphetamine and (Adderall) or (Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin), which treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder).

From: Prescription Drug Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 06, 2018

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SOURCES:

FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 06, 2018

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