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Prescription drugs that can lead to legal problems

Even if you're the type of person who tries to maintain a natural lifestyle regarding what type of food you consume and other products that enter your body, it would not be surprising if, at some point, you felt the need to take a prescription medication to help treat a particular health condition. For instance, if you are recovering from a car accident, you may need a strong pain medication to help alleviate discomfort.  

Massachusetts doctors and others write tens of thousands of prescriptions every year to help their patients deal with various adverse health situations -- some physical and others related to mental health. The problem is that some of the most common prescription drugs doctors recommend are highly prone to addiction and are often involved in various legal problems that can arise through misuse as well. If prescription drugs are causing problems in your life, it is good to know where to seek support.  

Three main types 

You've no doubt heard of codeine and, perhaps, have taken a prescription drug containing it at one time or other. Codeine, along with the drugs included in the following list, are among the most commonly prescribed medications that are not only highly addictive but are often sold on the street or otherwise legally misused:  

  • In addition to codeine, other opioid drugs include morphine, oxycodone and Vicodin. Doctors prescribe such drugs most often to treat severe pain conditions; these drugs also happen to be among those most prone to dependency. 
  • If you or someone in your family suffers from attention deficit disorder or a condition that prompts anxiety attacks, your family doctor may recommend taking a central nervous system drug. Such drugs often prompt feelings of calmness or drowsiness but are also highly addictive. 
  • Treating depression or sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, often includes prescribing stimulant medications. Ritalin and Adderall are two of the most common types of stimulants that can also have very adverse side effects, especially if not taken under close medical supervision. 

If you suffer chronic pain, you may understand that strong narcotic drugs can help alleviate discomfort and enable you to function. You may also have some idea of how addictive such drugs can be. It is no secret that street drugs like fentanyl and heroin cause problems for many people in Massachusetts and beyond. If you're one of them, you'll be glad to know that resources are available to help you beat addiction as well as to help overcome any legal issues you might currently be facing as well. 

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