How do you tell if someone is addicted to prescription drugs?

Signals that someone is misusing a prescription drug will differ depending on the substance being used. When observing a person’s behavior, a few signs that an addiction to prescription drugs may be present include:

  • Running out of the medication quickly.
  • Visiting multiple doctors in a short period of time.
  • Displaying prescription specific intoxication or withdrawal symptoms.
  • Sudden changes in behavior or appearance. 
  • Defensiveness or denial when confronted about prescription drug abuse. 

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