According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, more Americans abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin and ecstasy combined. Are you an addict?

Dr. Oz shares the four questions you should ask yourself. Plus, more of his thoughts on this dangerous dependency.

Q: What questions do you ask when checking for pill addiction?

Dr. Oz:
  • 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?
The more affirmative responses, the more likely that the person answering is chemically dependent, and further investigation by a clinician is warranted.

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.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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