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What is prescription drug abuse?

Prescription drug abuse is using prescribed medication for purposes other than for what they were originally prescribed, or using them in a way different from how they were prescribed. This could be taking more pain pills in a day than were intended, or doubling up on sleeping pills. It could also be taking a pain pill just for the feeling of the euphoria it can cause or to numb one's emotions when being stressed. It may also include using medications without a prescription.

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