What are prescription drugs?
Prescription drugs are any medicine that is prescribed by a doctor to treat a medical condition.
Some people misuse prescription drugs by taking too much of them, by taking them when they’re not supposed to or by using someone else’s prescription drugs.
What should I do if I need help?
How do prescription drugs affect me?
The most common type of prescription drug misuse is with painkillers, stimulants, and depressants.
Painkillers are any type of medicine that are used to reduce pain, including:
Stimulants are any type of medicine that are used to stimulate brain activity and treat disorders like ADHD and depression, including:
Depressants are any type of medicine that are used to reduce brain activity and treat disorders like anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders, including:
Prescription drugs should only be used as directed by a doctor. Any other use may lead to sickness, addiction or overdose.