Prescription drugs have become one of the most abused substances in the world. Many of these drugs can be incredibly beneficial when used correctly, but they can also be dangerous and even deadly when abused. Below are ten of the most abused prescription drugs.

#10: Ambien

Ambien is a popular drug that is known for helping people sleep. When taken properly, the drug can help people feel calmer in the evening, allowing them a more restful night. When abused, however, Ambien can result in amnesia and other dangerous side effects.

#9: Xanax

Xanax has long been a popular prescription drug, both for legitimate and illegitimate use. Intended to help those with anxiety and high levels of stress, the “Z Bars” are often crushed and inhaled through the naval cavity, resulting in a quicker release to the brain and stronger effects than when ingested orally.

#8: Klonopin

Klonopin is another benzodiazepine like Xanax. In recent years, its abuse has become more widespread as it becomes more popular as a prescribed drug.

#7: Dilaudid hydromorphone

Dilaudid hydromorphone is most often prescribed for individuals who suffer from some type of chronic or generalized pain. Dilaudid hydromorphone is not necessarily dangerous in pill form, but can be extremely dangerous when melted down and injected.

#6: Adderall

Adderall is an amphetamine that gives people a more focused and attentive state of mind. It is frequently prescribed to students with ADD or ADHD. However, due to the focused state of mind that Adderall creates, it is often abused as well.

#5: Ritalin

Ritalin is another medication, like Adderall, that is often prescribed with the intent of helping those with ADD and ADHD, but is frequently abused. Both Adderall and Ritalin can be ingested orally or crushed and snorted.


#4: Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone, a narcotic syrup, has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Known as “purple drink,” these cough syrups are intended to help treat several different types of sickness. However, when abused, they can have similar effects to an opiate.

#3: Percocet

Percocet is a popular pain reliever that is readily available in many areas. It is not as strong as certain other pain relievers, such as OxyContin, but its popularity still earns it a place on this list.

#2: OxyContin

OxyContin is a combination of Percocet and acetaminophen, resulting in a very strong painkiller. OxyContin has long been on the list of highly abused prescription drugs and remains a staple for many users.

#1: Opana

Opana oxymorphone is beginning to take the place of OxyContin atop the list of most abused prescription drugs. Because of the number of people that misuse OxyContin, the formula has been adjusted in an attempt to limit its abuse. Therefore, many users are now beginning to switch to Opana as a close substitute.