Watch for prescription drug warning signs

You don’t need to mess around with prescription drugs, instead you can watch for prescription drug warning signs.

When used under doctor’s orders, prescription drugs can help treat illnesses and take care of aches and pain. Still, that doesn’t mean people aren’t using these drugs for things other than what they’re supposed to…

Did you know? That by the 12th grade, almost 22% of teenagers have used prescription drugs for things other than what they were prescribed for! That led to 475,000 emergency room visits in 2009 — a number that continues to grow.

Abusing these drugs can lead to some pretty bad health effects.

Watch for prescription drug warning signs:

  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability
  • Lowered heartbeat
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated heart rate


If you, or someone you know, has prescription drug warning signs, talk to a trusted adult. Seek out local substance abuse treatment centers in your area for further help. A physician or a counselor should be able to assist you in finding treatment centers.

  • You can also seek out local self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA). To find out more information about NA’s services, visit
  • Call Centerstone at 1-888-291-4357 (HELP) to schedule an appointment with a therapist.
  • If you feel like you need immediate help, please call 1-800-681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.