How do you get addicted to prescription drugs?

Some prescription drugs create a dependency quickly in the body by altering chemicals in the brain (this can happen even when taken as prescribed). In these cases, the drug is usually prescribed as a short-term solution. If a person continues to take this medication, an addiction may develop.

Other prescription drugs create a sense of euphoria when taken, which may encourage people to take the medication more often or in larger doses than prescribed. When this happens a tolerance can develop, and eventually, physical or mental addiction to the substance occurs. 

 

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