Prescription Drugs are divided into three categories: opiods, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants. They are used for medical and non-medical purposes. Prescription drug abuse is the use of prescription drugs, in ways not intended by the prescribing doctor and used for non-medical purposes.
Users consume tablets orally or crush them into a powder which they can snort, or dissolve the crushed tablets into water and inject the solution. Effects of prescription drug abuse vary depending on the drugs that are consumed. Abuse of opiods/narcotics/pain relievers can result in life threatening respiratory depression. Individuals who use depressants risk seizures, respiratory depression, and decreased heart rate. Stimulant abuse can cause high body temperature, cardiovascular system failure, and fatal seizures. Individuals who inject themselves run the risk of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).