Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in our society. Addiction to common anti-depressants and pain killers is something that is probably affecting someone you know, possibly a close loved one. One of the most popular drugs abused is the prescription pain killer Vicodin. There are many signs and symptoms to watch for to indicate prescription drug abuse and addiction to Vicodin.
Vicodin contains Acetaminophen, a drug commonly found in over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol. Millions of people use Tylenol for relief from minor aches and pains and headaches. Prolonged or abusive use of these over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous, so prolonged use of much stronger drugs like Vicodin have even more powerful effects. Tylenol is a type of aspirin, and aspirin has been noted to cause major liver damage and can eventually lead to liver failure, however it does not lead to prescription drug abuse. Vicodin is a prescription drug because it is too dangerous to use with such frequency the way drugs like aspirin are used. When people become a victim to prescription drug abuse, namely to Vicodin, the body builds up a higher tolerance to the drug. When this happens, the addict needs to take more and more Vicodin, some addicts report to taking over a hundred pills a day.
If this type of prescription drug abuse continues over long periods of time the addict's physical and mental health is at risk and any damage caused by Vicodin effects could be permanent. Many people die each year from prescription drug abuse. Vicodin effects are extremely dangerous and even the minor effects can impact daily life. In some cases Vicodin effects show up in the form of skin problems including hives, skin rashes and swelling in the face. All of these Vicodin effects occur because the body is trying to rid itself of the toxins that are being put into it. If you suspect a loved one of prescription drug abuse please seek professional help immediately.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.