Prescription medicine abuse is the use of a medication without a prescription; in a way other than as prescribed; or for the experience or feeling it causes. According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, the medications most commonly abused are pain relievers/opioids.
Prescription opioids act on the brain like heroin does and can be highly addictive. As a 2013 report on the problem in WA states, "For some, abuse of prescription-type opiates . . . leads to heroin use so preventing inappropriate use of prescription opiates is important."
|Source: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute's 2013 report on King County drug trends.|