Risks of Prescription Drug Addiction
When addiction goes undetected, the risks are astronomical. For many prescription drugs, the risk of overdose is very real. This is why identifying addiction and getting treatment as early as possible is critical.
The longer an individual uses a prescription medication, the greater a tolerance they may develop. This increased tolerance leads to increased dosages and almost inevitably dependence. Once this dependence is established and the drug is not available the withdrawal symptoms discussed earlier will begin with cravings and other uncomfortable conditions. The psychological dependency is significant and makes it a near impossibility to stop using, even if the desire is there.
As a user increases the quantity and frequency of their amphetamine habit, they fall into a cycle of medicating and then crashing. Coming down from these drugs will often result in long episodes of depression, fatigue, anxiety and ultimately a craving for more. If a user makes the mistake of ingesting an extremely high dose of amphetamines, they are at serious risk of overdose which may lead to seizure, coma or even death.