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Signs & Symptoms of Abuse

​Each day in America 2,500 youth ages 12 to 17 abuse a pain reliever or other prescription medications for the very first time. Can you be sure your teen isn’t one of them? Over 70 percent of youth obtained these medications from a relative or friend. The bottom line is clear: Abusing prescription drugs can have serious consequences and ruin promising lives.

Signs or symptoms you should watch for 
Pain reliever abuse (Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, Tylenol with Codeine)

  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Respiratory depression

Stimulant abuse (Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin)

  • Anxiety and delusions
  • Flushed skin
  • Chest pain with heart palpitations

Depressant abuse (sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, Valium, Xanax)

  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness
  • Respiratory depression

For more information on prescription drug abuse, visit or call 1-800-788-2800.

Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:27 AM