But wait, when is it illegal to take drugs given out by a doctor?

As soon as a Prescription (Rx) Drug is taken for the wrong reasons (e.g. "to get high") and/or given to someone else, it becomes ILLEGAL. Rx drugs are extremely effective in treating medical conditions when they are taken correctly. However, these are powerful drugs that can lead to serious health issues and also the possibility of becoming addicted when they are taken incorrectly or recreationally.

What is an Rx Drug?

Rx Drugs include Stimulants, Depressants and Painkillers.

Stimulants are used to treat patients with depression, narcolepsy, asthma and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and are intended to increase alertness, attention and energy. Methamphetamine (ice) and cocaine are examples of illegal drugs that are stimulants.

Depressants are intended to treat patients with severe anxiety, acute stress reactions, panic attacks and sleep disorders. Depressants have a sedative and euphoric effect, which is used to relax and slow down brain function. Rohypnol and GHB are both classified as date rape drugs because of their amnesia-like effect and are examples of the illegal use of depressants.

Painkillers are used to treat patients with chronic and severe pain. It is also used to alleviate symptoms of pneumonia. Many painkillers are opioids, and heroin is an example of an illegal drug that is an opioid.

Did you know...

  • Combining prescription drugs with other drugs or alcohol without consulting your physician can be very dangerous.
  • Mixing stimulants and antidepressants enhances the effects of the stimulant, resulting in irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperature, cardiovascular failure, or seizures.
  • Opioids should never be used with substances such as, alcohol, antihistamines (treats allergies), barbiturates (depressants) or benzodiazepines (tranquilizers). These substances slow down breathing and when it is combined with opioids, it could cause severe life-threatening respiratory depression.
  • The street price of Oxycontin has increased to 20% due to high demand and Hydrocodone has quickly become the most abused pharmaceutical drug in the islands.
  • In 2003, 5% of Hawaii 12th graders have tried tranquillizers or sedatives at least once; this puts usage rates in youth equivalent to that of methamphetamine (ice).