Dr. Oz shares the four questions you should ask yourself. Plus, more of his thoughts on this dangerous dependency.
- Can you go a day without your pills?
- Are you getting your pills from more than one source?
- Do you get annoyed when people comment about your drug use?
- Do you feel guilty about things you have done while using drugs?
Q: Why is this the fastest growing addiction in America?
Dr. Oz: Many times, folks get 50 pills and only need 10, so they want their money back and will sell the extras.
Most prescriptions are written for people who have a true medical need for these drugs, but many households have a drawer filled with old prescription bottles containing leftover drugs. Because prescription drugs have medical uses, teens often believe they are a safe alternative to street drugs.
In some cases, a doctor's prescription isn't even needed. Some countries don't require prescriptions for opioid painkillers or other commonly abused drugs, so they can be obtained from some websites without a prescription.