Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise

February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Dr. Raul Vazquez joined Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery on Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning" to shed light on the problem of prescription drug abuse.

Dr. Vazquez made the appearance after the recent death of singing sensation Whitney Houston, who had openly discussed her problems with drugs and brought this discussion back into the spotlight.

Here is some life saving information:

The most commonly abused prescription drugs are:

Opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and those containing hydrocodone (Vicodin)

Sedatives and tranquilizers, such as diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan)

Stimulants, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin), that are used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorders

The list below contains examples of some of the more serious consequences of prescription drug abuse.

Opioid painkillers can cause an increased risk of choking, loss of menstrual periods and fertility, and a slowed breathing rate and potential for breathing to stop.

Sedatives and tranquilizers can cause memory problems and abnormal body temperature. Overdose can cause coma or death.
Stimulants can cause seizures or tremors, hallucinations, and increased risk of stroke.