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Aberdeen is the third largest city in the state of South Dakota located in Brown County. The city has a population of 26,091 people according to the 2010 census. Home to the Northern State University (NSU) and Presentation College (PC). Avera Saint Luke’s Hospital provides medical care to the cities residents as well as fuels the economy providing employment to 1,500+ residents. The city is known by many tourist for its recreational activities, events and sight seeing.
The city of Aberdeen, many of its residents are abusing prescription medications. Most did not start because they wanted to get high, they were prescribed the medication by there doctor for pain, anxiety, depression or other reasons. The medication severed its purpose in the beginning, taking away the pain, giving an calming effect, and making the sadness go away. When the pain was gone, the anxiety and depression were controlled, the abuse began, either because a tolerance was built or the user wanted more of the feeling that the medication provided them. Others choose to use prescription medication that were not prescribed to them solely for the high. Either way an addiction began and Aberdeen Rehab programs are here to help kick that addiction and begin recovery.
Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drugs account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs. There are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused. 1) Opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, and morphine. 2) Central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines.3) Stimulants such as dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate. A prescription drug addict uses medications in a way other than for which they were originally prescribed for or to a much greater extent for a high. The user begins to depend on the drugs to “feel better” and experience cravings for the medication in between doses. A number of national studies and published reports indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, such as pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives, to get high is a growing problem. Prescription drug addicts will continue use of the medication despite the negative consequences, such as relationship difficulties, problems with employment, and the health risks involved in chronic use. Prescription drug abusers will complain of vague symptoms to get more medication, when other treatment options are available they will show no interest and avoid them. Seeing several doctors and/or pharmacies to get more pills, users will beg barrow and steal prescription pills prescribed for others. The addiction overwhelms them.
A person who is addicted to prescription drugs may experience Anxiety, Depression, Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, Loss of interest in relationships with friends or family members, and Withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using the medication on their own. There are many drugs different drugs that can have serious even fatal reactions when taken together, even vitamins and minerals can cause dangerous side affects in combination with a drug. Many medications commonly abused mixed with alcohol or illicit drugs to can have serious even fatal side affects. When taking a sedative or a painkiller and drink alcohol, the combination of the two may affect the central nervous system, leading to respiratory distress or failure, or even death. Sure you think that just because these drugs are legal that they are safe but statistics show that they are no safer than street drugs such as cocaine or heroin.