NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Prescription Drug Abuse

Surprising Facts

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  • Prescription painkillers can cause nausea and vomiting.
  • Mixing anti-anxiety or sleep disorder drugs with other drugs, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing, slow heart rate, and possibly lead to death.
  • Abusing stimulants while taking a cold medicine with decongestants can cause dangerous increases in blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms.