As people in Pennsylvania and across the nation try to come to terms with the problems associated with drug addiction, you might be wondering how so many people get addicted to drugs. The factors that contribute to addiction may vary greatly from person to person but one thing that it is important to know is that many substances that people develop addictions to are not illegal. There are certainly addictive illegal drugs but there are many prescription medications with serious addictive qualities that may contribute to a serious of issues for anyone who develops an addiction to them.
As explained by Healthline, there are three type of commonly prescribed medications that can be extremely addictive. These types are stimulants, depressants and opioids. Stimulants may often be given to people, including children, who have attention deficit disorder. Depressants are those drugs used to help promote a more relaxed state for people with anxiety and other conditions. Opioids are used to manage pain.
In some situations, prescription drugs can be mixed with illegal drugs by people with serious addictions. A substance abuse treatment facility called The Treatment Center indicates that heroin and cocaine are two of the most addictive illegal drugs. Crystal methamphetamine and amphetamines are also linked to many addictions.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in Pennsylvania an overview of the many legal and illegal drugs that are known to be highly addictive and that may contribute to both health and criminal problems.