"Nationally, 105 people die daily across the United States from prescription drug overdoses, which is more than the number of deaths resulting from heroin and cocaine use combined"
Two of the top 3 types of prescription drugs that people tend to overdose on are psychiatric drugs: benzodiazepines and ADHD drugs. CDC stats show that 53% of drug deaths in 2012 were from legal drugs.
UT San Diego – November 11, 2014
By Erinn Hutkin
- Opioids: Pain relievers such as OxyContin, Percocet, Opana and Vicodin are prized for the calming sense of euphoria they give, which has been likened to heroin – also an opioid. He said because the pills can cost up to hundreds of dollars each on the street, users are increasingly turning to the now cheaper heroin. Opioids are extremely habit-forming and are often used with other drugs or alcohol, all of which can make them much more likely to cause hypoventilation, or respiratory depression, overdose and death.
- Benzodiazepines: These act as
- Stimulants: Amphetamines, prescribed for conditions such as ADHD, and called Adderall, Concerta or Ritalin, are often abused by people who want to focus or stay awake — truck drivers or students cramming for exams. The drugs latch onto the same receptors in the brain as cocaine and can become habit-forming. Repeated high doses can cause dangerous spikes in body temperature, which can lead to cardiovascular problems – even heart failure – and promote feelings of paranoia and hostility.