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Prescription drugs, while often providing enormous benefit to those for whom they are prescribed, are also frequently abused by those patients, or bought and sold on the street for recreational usage. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Prescriptions that are often used illegally include both uppers and downers. Opiate painkillers including Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Suboxone are vastly popular and extremely addictive. Benzodiazepines like Xanax are frequently used to self-treat anxiety. Amphetamines, such as Ritalin or Adderall, are popular on campuses as students seek to gain a study advantage.

Use of prescription drugs, especially if outside the purview of a physician, can lead to addiction. Further, the effects of prescription drug abuse often escalate to other, cheaper, more dangerous drugs, as the need for a fix increases over time. Even when prescription drugs are prescribed legally, they can be easily abused. Prescription drug testing which includes examination of the levels of the drug in the body can detect usage amounts and determine if the consumption was in accordance with the prescribed amount or not.

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About Prescription Drugs


Amphetamines are synthetic stimulants which affect the Central Nervous System. Originally available over-the-counter, but due to the increase in addiction and abuse of the drugs, the U.S. government now restricts the drugs allowing them to be obtained only through a prescription.

Barbiturates Drug Test

Barbiturates are known as central nervous system depressants. Often prescribed for headaches and seizures, these drugs are highly addicted and because of the calming effect the drugs have on people they’re often abused recreationally.


Benzodiazepines are most notably known by their product names, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, and Librium. Historically they’ve been prescribed to help with anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks to name a few. These drugs should not be taken without a valid prescriptions, but everyday Americans consume Benzodiazepines without a doctors clearance.

Methadone (Mathadose, Dolophaine) Drug Test

Methadone is mainly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, as well as used for in the treatment of drug addiction from more harmful opioids, such as heroin. Methadone is a Schedule II drug, meaning that it has a legitimate legal use, but also a likelihood of the user abusing and forming an addiction.

Methaqualone (Quaaludes)

In the 70’s quaaludes were mainly prescribed as a sedative to promote relaxation and to cure insomnia. At the time it was classified as a Schedule II until the apparent widespread abuse and obvious harm the drug could do where it was reclassified as a Schedule I.

Opiates Drug Test

Opiates actually cover a wide range of different drugs. Although street opiates like Heroin are completely illegal, there are a few such as oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine which can be taken with a prescription.

Propoxyphene Drug Test

Propoxyphene is considered a narcotic pain reliever which is used to relieve mild to moderate pain, so typically weaker than other opiate such as codeine. As with many prescription drugs, propoxyphene is an highly addictive drug.