Does Anyone Know Anything About Prescription or Over the Counter (OTC) Drug Addictions?

Question by hondii: Does anyone know anything about prescription or Over the Counter (OTC) drug addictions?
Im doing a project for school about prescription and Over the Counter (OTC) drug addictions.
Does anyone know:
the more common drugs to get addicted to?
How often does this occur?
What do pharmacies/doctors do to prevent this?
Or any other info that might be helpful?

Best answer:

Answer by Track II
Over-the-counter drugs, especially cough and cold medications are becoming very popular as recreational drugs for young teenagers between the ages of 13 to 16. Hospitals have reported dozens of overdoses and deaths. Cold medicines such as Robitussin, Nyquil, Vicks Formula 44, and Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold tablets contain a chemical called Dextromethorphan (DXM), which is found in more than 120 non-prescription cough and cold medications.

Answer by Lea
There is only one OTC drug which people can get high on and that is dextromorphan.
However, drugs like laxative are regularly abused by dieters.
On the prescription side, there are the narcotics, benzodiazpines, stimulants, etc. Most of the addicting drugs are controlled medications. That means there are limits on refills, and more supervision is given to their dispensing.

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