Accidental overprescription of pain relievers is both possible and dangerous. Because many pain relievers are highly addictive, a simple prescription can turn into a dangerous addiction. Drug treatment centers in Utah see hundreds of patients every year whose addiction started out as a prescription for pain relievers. Addiction is not the only concern when you have been over-prescribed pain medication. Serious illness and death can occur if you accidentally overdose on prescription drugs.

As you begin taking your prescription drugs, watch for the warning signs of adverse reactions and addiction. Tell a loved one that you are taking a highly-addictive substance and have them watch you for signs of addiction and adverse reactions as well. It is always better safe than sorry when it comes to prescription drugs.

Over-prescription of pain medication is highly prevalent in the United States. Even if you think it could never happen to you, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of drug addiction and overdose. Always feel free to talk with your medical provider when a given a painkiller prescription and discuss the dosage and any precautionary measures that should be taken while using the drugs.

 

Warning Signs of Addiction:

  • You frequently think about your prescription drugs. You fixate on your next dose and you constantly wonder if you have enough pills left.  
  • You do not follow the prescription dosage and take more pills, more frequently than prescribed.
  • You see another doctor in hopes of getting the same prescription.
  • You resort to illegally obtaining prescription drugs
  • You get defensive when someone asks you about your prescription pain pill use
  • You find yourself lying to loved ones
  • You notice that your personality has begun to shift. You may be more moody and angry than normal.

 

Warning Signs of Overdose:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Paranoia

 

If you or a loved one show signs of an addiction or overdose, seek help immediately. When necessary, call 911 and get emergency medical help. Professional drug treatment centers are fully equipped to help you battle your drug addiction. With over-prescription of painkillers so prevalent, it is important to know which solution can help you and your loved ones if an addiction were to ever form.

If you suffer from an addiction currently, and are in need of pain medication for medical reasons, talk to your doctor and your treatment specialist about a pain management plan that is safe for you. There are alternatives to heavy pain management narcotics, and the right drug treatment center in Utah can help you find those other options.

If you have questions regarding prescription drug abuse and addiction, do not hesitate to reach out to us today.