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Understanding of Drug Abuse



An overdose occurs when a body is over overwhelmed with a dangerous amount of some drugs. A hazardous amount is hard to measure since every individual response to medication may vary significantly. However, it is usually only when a person overdoes, and the damage is already done that the dangerous amount is determined. Let's talk about what happens during an overdose, recognize an overdose, and some of the commonly used drugs for this condition. The information also includes some legal issues about drug rehabilitation and addiction.

What happens during an overdose depends on the type of drug and the individual who takes it. Abuse of over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, codeine, diazepam, and hydrocodone, can lead to an overdose.

Abuse of prescription medications, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, can lead to death if not treated quickly. Illegal drugs are generally harder to diagnose an overdose because a non-prescription, non-narcotic drug would not typically be abused unless, of course, it was laced with a dangerous abuse drug such as hydrocodone. Illegal drugs include cocaine, crack-cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription pills. In accidental overdoses, prescription pills are often mixed with alcohol or an illicit drug.

Preventing an overdose is a significant concern for individuals using drugs, as well as their family members. It's essential for those who use prescription medications for chronic pain management to keep them away from an overdose. If left alone long enough, they could eventually die from lack of oxygen and brain damage caused by high doses of narcotics.

To prevent overdose, individuals taking these medications should avoid ingesting them while they're in a state of depression or sleeping. They should never take more than recommended, and doses must be reduced gradually when a patient becomes more tolerant. Finally, people trying to self-manage their pain with prescription drugs should seek professional assistance, such as visiting a doctor, before doing so.

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