National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse

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Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

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There are many symptoms associated with prescription drug abuse especially if they are taken in combination. Below are the major symptoms to be aware of.


Pain reliever abuse

  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Respiratory depression
    (inadequate ventilation)

Stimulant abuse

  • Anxiety
  • Delusions
  • Flushed skin
  • Chest pain with heart palpitations

Depressant abuse

  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness
  • Respiratory depression


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