Drugs are usually prescribed to relieve some form of pain. People who are injured in accidents or suffer from excruciating pain for other reason get prescribed drugs to relieve the pain and feel some form of comfort.

Why do we “get hooked” on prescription drugs?

Unfortunately, people enjoy euphoria and the state of numbness that these drugs cause and without knowing they become addicted. Even if the pain no longer exists, people take the drugs and become addicted needing more and more every day to achieve the same effect. The addiction can become overwhelming and sooner or later a person is in a state from which they cannot see a way out. Recent research showed that over 8 million Americans abuse prescribed drugs. The number is not small and what is more concerning is the fact that that number could be higher.

Factors that cause addiction

There are numerous factors which can raise a risk of prescription drug addiction. If a person has a tendency to abuse another addictive substance, such as cocaine or alcohol, they are at high risk of becoming addicted. Another important factor is family. If a person has a family member with addiction problems, they are at high risk, too. This probably happens by genes that make a person more likely to become an addict.

People who suffered some form of trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, violence or losing a loved one, can be at high risk. Another important factor is mental illness. If a person is depressed or anxious, they will take a prescribed drug to relieve the pain. But after the pain has gone, they will more likely continue taking the drug, so the absence of pain can take longer.

Who should we blame for increased prescription drugs abuse?

So, who is to blame? One reason that cannot be overlooked is availability. It is estimated that more people die from prescription drug overdoses than they die of cocaine or heroin overdose. The street value of the prescription drugs is high so it is no wonder people can obtain these very easily.