The short answer is: YES. To see fdor yourself, all you need to do is open the latest gossip magazine. Prescription drug abuse has received a lot of press lately with celebrity deaths, rising teenage abuse rates, and the alarming realization that 7 out of 10 American Adults takes some form of prescription medication with 3 out of 10 doing it to “relax”. It’s hard to know the exact number of people abusing prescription drugs, since the difference between use, misuse, and abuse may be based solely on intention. Taking the wrong kind of drug, like an antihistamine (which is for allergies) simply to help you sleep, would qualify as misuse, while taking an extra couple pain killers because you like the euphoric effect would qualify as abuse. Both misuse and abuse of prescription medications can be harmful, and even life threatening.
Because these drugs were designed and manufactured for a specific purpose, misuse or abuse can easily lead to addiction, and withdrawal can have serious, often deadly side effects. Not only can the physical withdrawal cause serious health issues, but the mental state these withdrawals can put you in can be delusional, and result in suicidal tendencies, and with stronger medications, these mental states may last weeks. It is our opinion that nobody should attempt to go “cold turkey” off prescription medication addiction, and any attempt to get clean should be done under medical and professional guidance at a certified treatment facility.