Drug Abuse and Misuse

Drug abuse and misuse are not limited to drugs that are deemed illegal. Pharmaceutical drugs, manufactured with the purpose of relieving pain and anxiety amongst other things, are also abused and can lead to drug abuse and drug addiction as well. Anyone resorting to pharmaceutical drugs for relief should know the symptoms that come with these drugs, and how they can ensure that they don't fall victim to drug abuse as well.

There are a few categories that both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs fall under. These categorize help to define how different drugs affect the brain and body. The following diagram shows four common drug classes, their clinical uses and the symptoms that come with drug use and abuse.


Class Drug Clinical Uses Symptoms
Opioids Morphine, Percocet, Vicodin,Heroin, Krokidil, Pain Relief Addiction abuse, addictive tendencies,Drowsiness, difficulty breathing, nausea, sexual dysfunction.
Benzodiazepines Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Apaurin, Anti-Anxiety Insomnia Muscle Relaxant Addiction abuse, depression, ReboundInsomnia, mood swings, lethargy,
Stimulants Adderall, Ritalin, Cocaine, Crystal Meth, Nicotine ADHD Obesity Control Narcolepsy Depression, weight-loss, addiction abuse, Impaired immune system
Hallucinogens* LSD (Acid), MDMA (Molly, Ecstasy), Bath Salts, mushrooms, Mesculine, PCP Cough suppressant, Anesthetic, Antiallergenic Psychosis, delirium, irritability, aggressive behavior, depression, hallucinations, distorted perception of reality


*Hallucinogens are divided into 3 groups; dissociatives, psychedelics, and deliriants. Many drugs that are approved for medicinal use can have hallucinogenic properties if they are subject to drug abuse and misuse (Ketamine, Klonopin, Marijuana etc.). The hallucinogens listed above are used recreationally but have not been approved for medicinal use. Bath salts and PCP have been associated with intense cases of delirium and violent psychotic behavior.

Many cases of drug abuse and drug addiction in the U.S.can be attributed to tobacco and alcohol. This is because these drugs are legal for recreational use, and their manufacturers spend billions of dollars on marketing and advertising every year. Unfortunately only a fraction of that money is being spent on educating society on how harmful these drugs can be, and their propensity for addiction. Don't fall victim to alcohol and drug abuse. Denver drug treatment centers can help you find treatment call 303-225-2945.

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