Getting Help for Prescription Drug Misuse

Dr. Volkow explains why it can be hard for people to quit taking drugs, and Dr. Rodgers provides resources that can help.

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DR. RODGERS: If you know someone who is taking a prescription drug longer than needed, or in larger amounts than prescribed, those are signs there may be a drug problem or addiction.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains:

DR. VOLKOW: Repeated prescription drug use can change the brain, including the areas that are needed for self-control, making it very hard for someone to quit taking drugs, even if they want to.

Prescription drug misuse can happen to anyone, and at any age. It is important to remember that people who are struggling with addiction might feel ashamed, fearful, or angry, and may not always tell the truth about their drug use.

DR. RODGERS: If you have questions or need help, call 1-800-622-HELP, that’s 1-800-622-H-E-L-P, and follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov.

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