Prescription Drug Quiz

Prescription Drug Dependence

Prescription drug abuse is quickly becoming an epidemic in this country. It is an issue that affects all walks of life, and the accessibility of it to our youth is alarming. The following are the most common types of prescription drugs on the market:

Stimulants: Prescription drug dependence includes Adderall a stimulant used for symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and (ADD).

Benzodiazepines: This includes Xanax, Klonipin or Ativan, and may be prescribed for symptoms of anxiety or withdrawal from marijuana, opiates or alcohol. (See Benzodiazepine Assessment)

Opiate pain medications: These medications includes types like vicodin, norco, oxycontin, oxycodone, and codeine. These medications are highly addictive and are known to increase sensitivity to pain (thus requiring stronger and larger doses to obtain relief).

Tramadol: This type of medication (which is often prescribed for symptoms of pain) is a different type of pain medication. It is usually prescribed instead of an opiate based medication. Not as potent as the opiate pain medications, men and women still become addicted to it.

If you feel you may have a problem with prescription drug dependence, you are not alone. This is often an issue that takes normal people by surprise, every...single...day.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 48 million people (over the age of 12) have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime. That figure represents approximately 20% of the U.S. population.

The following is a quick set of 20 questions to find out if you may be experiencing issues with prescription drugs and how you can get help today.

Prescription Drug Dependence

  1. Has your doctor, spouse or anyone else expressed concern about your use of medications and the effects they have on you?

    Yes No
  2. Have you ever decided to stop taking pills only to find yourself taking them again contrary to your previous decision?

    Yes No
  3. Have you ever felt remorse or concern that you were taking too many pills?

    Yes No
  4. Have you established a supply for your purse or pocket or to hide away in case of emergency – e.g. that you ran out of pills?

    Yes No
  5. Have you established a supply for your purse or pocket or to hide away in case of emergency – e.g. that you ran out of pills?

    Yes No
  6. Have you ever been treated by a physician or hospital for excessive use of pills (whether or not in combination with other substances)?

    Yes No
  7. Have you changed doctors or drug stores for the purpose of maintaining your supply?

    Yes No
  8. Have you received the same pill from two or more physicians or druggists at approximately the same time?

    Yes No
  9. Have you ever been turned down for a refill?

    Yes No
  10. Have you taken the same mind- or mood-affecting medication for over a year only to find you still have the same symptoms?

    Yes No
  11. Have you ever informed your physician as to which pill works best at which dosage and had him or her adjust the prescription to your recommendations?

    Yes No
  12. Have you increased the dosage, quantity, strength or frequency of your medication over the past months or years?

    Yes No
  13. Have you increased the dosage, quantity, strength or frequency of your medication over the past months or years?

    Yes No
  14. Is your medication quite important to you; e.g., do you worry about refills long before running out?

    Yes No
  15. Do you become annoyed or uncomfortable when others talk about your use of medications?

    Yes No
  16. Have you or anyone else noticed a change of personality when you take your medication, or when you stop taking it?

    Yes No
  17. Have you ever taken your medication before you had the associated symptom?

    Yes No
  18. Have you ever been embarrassed by your behavior when under the influence of your prescription drug?

    Yes No
  19. You ever sneak or hide your pills?

    Yes No
  20. Do you find it impossible to stop or to go for a prolonged period without your pills?

    Yes No