Home / Teen / Drugs and Alcohol / Prescription drugs Prescription drugs 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? Contact us to learn more about the dangers of prescription drugs and how we can help. If you feel like you need immediate help, call the Centerstone Crisis Line nearest you. How do prescription drugs affect me? The most common type of prescription drug misuse is with painkillers, stimulants, and depressants. Painkillers Painkillers are any type of medicine that are used to reduce pain, including: hydrocodone oxycodone morphine codeine Stimulants Stimulants are any type of medicine that are used to stimulate brain activity and treat disorders like ADHD and depression, including: adderall dexedrine ritalin benzedine Depressants Depressants are any type of medicine that are used to reduce brain activity and treat disorders like anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders, including: barbiturates valium xanax ambien Prescription drugs should only be used as directed by a doctor. Any other use may lead to sickness, addiction or overdose.