Can Prescription Pills Be Injected to Get High?

Drug addiction is a complex disease for a variety of reasons. Men and women who suffer from addiction act in ways they never previously would. They neglect their loved ones, destroy their bodies, and typically can’t hold down a job for longer than several days at a time. Addiction is a progressive disease, meaning that related symptoms – whether they be physical or behavioral – only continue to get worse when left untreated. A combination of the progressively worsening nature of addiction coupled with the erratic behavior that goes hand-in-hand with addiction often leads to more and more severe patterns of abuse.

Injecting Prescription Pills is Very Dangerous

For example, say a young man is prescribed a prescription opioid like Oxycontin for the treatment of surgery-related pain. He takes the opioid as prescribed for several days, but his pain continues to get progressively worse. He figures that since the medication was prescribed by a medical professional, it couldn’t hurt to increase the dosage ever so slightly. After all, medical professionals wouldn’t prescribe something that could be potentially dangerous, right? So he ups the dosage, and soon he is taking three times the recommended amount.

In a short period, he develops a dependence on Oxycontin, and before he knows it he is crushing up his pills and snorting them to feel the effects more quickly. He runs out of the doctor-given prescription and buys more pills from an acquaintance at school. The person he buys Oxycontin from tells him that if he injects the drug, he will feel the effects more quickly and more intensely. Just like that, the young man has progressed to intravenous drug use.

Can Prescription Pills Be Injected to Get High?

Injecting Prescription Pills Leads to Addiction

Can prescription pills be injected for someone to get high? In short – yes, they can be. Most medications can be pulverized and melted down, inserted into a syringe, and injected directly into the bloodstream. It is important to understand, however, that if somebody is using a prescription medication intravenously, here she is engaging in drug abuse and is absolutely on a very dangerous path.

At this point, it is clear that a long-term program of substance abuse treatment has become a necessity. Fortunately, Recreate Life Counseling is available to help. We understand how difficult it can be to overcome drug addiction – and how using drugs intravenously presents an entirely new set of challenges. If you believe that someone you love has been engaging in intravenous prescription drug abuse but you are still unsure, there are several telltale signs to look for. These include:

  • Track marks or bruising on the inner arms
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts, even when it is warm outside
  • finding paraphernalia related to intravenous drug use, including syringes, torn up cotton swabs or q-tips, spoons, cigarette lighters, and rubber bands that could be tied around the arms

Intravenous Prescription Pill Abuse Can Be Fatal

Intravenous drug use must be addressed immediately because this method of consumption significantly increases the risk of overdose and other health-related issues. In recent years the rates of prescription drug overdose have been rapidly increasing – and this is largely due to the increase in intravenous use. If heroin or other drugs are commonly injected or not available, an individual might turn to a more easily accessible alternative like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, or morphine.

People even assume that because prescription medications were initially provided by a medical professional, they are not as dangerous and can be safely used via any method of ingestion. This is not the case – intravenous drug use is never safe, and it is always an indication that drug addiction has become severe and requires immediate attention.

Recreate Life Counseling and Prescription Drug Addiction Recovery 

At Recreate Life Counseling we treat the physical, mental and emotional symptoms that go hand in hand with intravenous drug use. If you have been abusing prescription drugs of any kind, by any method, call us today for more information on our comprehensive program of recovery.