The 7 most addictive prescription drugs:
Prescription drugs are most commonly given to people suffering from or with injuries or
illnesses. They are legal when prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider or
GP. However, these drugs can still be addictive when taken as prescribed. People may
enjoy the feeling these drugs provide. Taking more of a drug than is necessary, can also
lead to addiction.
The following is a list of the seven most addictive drugs you’re likely to come across. You
probably have some of them in your medicine cabinet or purse!
Vicodin is an opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when it’s abused. It
also causes serious withdrawal symptoms, so patients may have trouble stopping the drug
once they’ve started it. Abuse by crushing, snorting, or injecting is most common and will
make withdrawal more serious in most cases. The chance of addiction to this drug is great.
The main character of the television show “House M.D.” faced issues of Vicodin addiction
and withdrawal throughout the series.
OxyContin – “OXY” is a time-released painkiller often prescribed to those in need of major
pain relief after surgery or serious injury. However, it can provide a high when injected,
snorted, or crushed. Taking “Oxy” in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in
these ways has caused many deaths and continues to do so.
Demerol is an opioid some patients struggle to discontinue even when it has been taken as
directed. The drug is addictive, and it inhibits the section of the brain that controls pain.
Serious withdrawal symptoms such as fever, chills, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and
depression can make this medication a difficult drug to discontinue. However, carefully
tapering off the drug can eliminate most of the side effects and make the withdrawal process
smoother. This however seldom happens without the guidance of a GP or other medical
Percocet is a notoriously addictive drug. Abusers use it to produce euphoric effects instead
of treating it properly as a short-term painkiller. Percocet can cause heart failure in those
who have taken excessive amounts to produce euphoria. Those who take large amounts
over a long period of time are most at risk for heart problems.
Darvocet is an opioid used to ease the pain from serious injuries or major surgeries. This
painkiller also includes acetaminophen, which can damage the liver in excess, so it’s
dangerous to take it in large doses over an extended period of time. Acetaminophen can
even cause death if taken in too large a dose at one time.
Ritalin is commonly prescribed to children, young adults, and adults to treat Attention Deficit
Disorder (ADD). However, it also can be used as a substitute for cocaine when snorted or
injected. This drug can cause increases or decreases in blood pressure and can even cause
psychotic episodes when abused. There has been a major rise in Ritalin abuse by children’s
parents who use the drug as a coping mechanism in our constantly more challenging work
Amphetamines are often used by those who would like to stay awake longer, so you might
see someone with narcolepsy taking them. These drugs cause euphoric effects similar to
cocaine when taken incorrectly. An amphetamine can cause a rush for a short period, but
that often is followed by a period of exhaustion. The person taking it might also suffer from
anxiety and depression after taking the drug, so the side effects can be pretty serious.