Prescription drugs are effective – and in many cases necessary – when used responsibly, in accordance with doctors’ instructions. Unfortunately, some drugs have primary effects or side effects that are appealing to recreational users. While dependence on prescription drugs often develops from extended medical use, this is not always the case.
There is a common misconception that prescription drug addiction is not harmful because the drugs are deemed safe for medical use. But recreational users do not follow recommended doses, and they often use the drugs in conjunction with other substances. According to Health Canada, prescription drug addiction is one of the fastest growing substance abuse problems, particularly among teenagers and young adults.