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.
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.