In America, more than 15 million people have abused prescription drugs — exceeding the combined number of people addicted to cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin — making roughly 6% of the population.
Many using painkillers for a “high” believe them to be softer than street drugs and consider them less addictive. Prescription painkillers are powerful drugs that interfere with the nervous system’s transmission of the electrical signals we perceive as pain. Most painkillers also stimulate portions of the brain associated with pleasure.
This in addition to blocking pain, they produce a “high”. These are not soft drugs. Codiene, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Anexsia, Dicodid, Hycodan, Hycomine, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Tussionex, Vicodin, Endodan, Endocet, Percodan, Percocet, Roxiprin, Roxicet, and others have led to addiction and premature death.
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