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Prescription Drugs Sales Get Connecticut Woman Arrested

A Connecticut woman has been charged with selling prescription drugs. Samantha Carroll was arrested on two counts of selling narcotics. She is accused of selling OxyContin in April, according to court papers. While Carroll was arraigned in court, prosecutor Ronald Dearstyne said this case involves “the biggest drug problem in America–people getting hooked on prescription drugs and turning to the streets to get them.”

The abuse of prescription drugs isn’t just happening from people who abuse a prescription given by a doctor. Many of the legal pharmaceuticals are also available on the street under different street names and sold on the black market as recreational drugs. They are typically drugs that have a medical purpose, are on Schedule II, but that also produce different effects that can be used recreationally.

Call drug rehab centers Milford today if you are suffering from prescription drug abuse. Dial (203) 713-2573. 

Drugs Included in Prescription Drug Abuse

There are several different categories of drugs that are prescribed which can be abused. They are: 

Opiates – these are normally used for painkillers. Morphine is the natural version that is derived from the Asian poppy. Opioids are the synthetic version and include codeine, oxycontin, vicodin, and fentanyl. Codeine is often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, but it also can be abused and become addictive. OxyContin, Vicodin, and fentanyl are prescribed for pain relief either before, during or after surgery.

Sedatives – These are often called “downers” on the street. They produce a calming effect. They are prescribed for sleep, like in Ambien and Lunesta. Withdrawal symptoms can include seizures and be life-threatening. There is an entire class of benzodiazepines used as sedatives, like Xanax, to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Stimulants – Doctors issue prescriptions for stimulants to treat things like depression, attention-deficit disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. However, the Ritalin and Adderall that help people with ADHD end up being abused because of the way it stimulates the production of dopamine in the brain, leading to a pleasurable high in larger dosages. While it is stimulating when on it, the comedown can produce severe depression.

Getting Help

Milford drug treatment centers and Narcotics Anonymous (www.ctna.org) can help you stop prescription drug abuse. For more information, call a local facility or attend a meeting.




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