An estimated one in five teenagers between ages 12 and 17 has abused prescription pain relievers in the United States, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. When used correctly, a properly prescribed pain reliever can help to restore a healthful quality of life. Taking prescription pain medication for any reason other than pain relief, however, is a dangerous practice. Prescription Pain Relievers examines current trends in use and abuse of these drugs, how they work, and how abuse and addiction can be treated and prevented.
Drugs are part of everyday life. They can be found on the street, in school, and at home, and although many drugs are beneficial when used properly, the potential for abuse and misuse is great. Understanding Drugs provides a fact-based look at the most common legal and illegal drugs available today, explains how they work, and identifies the risks and benefits of using them. Whether dealing with drugs of abuse, such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, or therapeutic drugs, such as antibiotics, antidepressants, and prescription pain relievers, the best route to staying safe and healthy is to be informed.
Table of Contents
Foreword David J. Triggle 6
1 Prescription Pain Relievers 9
2 History of Pain Relief Drugs 19
3 Chemistry of Prescription Pain Relievers 31
4 Prescription for Addiction 40
5 Treatment and Recovery 49
6 Illegal Use of Prescription Pain Relievers 64
7 Reviving the Future 74
Further Resources 101