Prescription medications and some over-the-counter medications are increasingly being used in ways other than intended or without a prescription. This practice can lead to addiction, and in some cases, overdose. There is a common misconception that because a doctor is prescribing the pills, they are safe. Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioid painkillers, stimulants and depressants.
The Opioid Epidemic
What is it? Where did it come from? Learn more here from NIDA and NIH.