Prescription Drug Abuse Quiz

What Do You Know About Prescription Medicine Abuse?

Prescription medicines can successfully and safely treat mental and physical
illnesses. But some medicines can be addictive. Many can be abused. Being aware of these
potential harms can help you prevent them. Learn more about prescription medicine abuse by
taking this quiz. It’s based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
(NIDA).

1. People of any age, income, education level, and gender can abuse prescription medicines.











2. You could be addicted if you continue to refill a prescription
for a painkiller after the health condition it was prescribed for has been cured.











3. Most people who take prescription pain medicines become addicted or physically
dependent on them.











4. Medicines that most commonly lead to overuse and addiction are those that affect
mood or behavior by changing the brain’s chemistry.











5. Addiction to prescription medicines often builds
gradually.











6. The following behavior may mean that you are abusing a
medicine: hiding the fact you’re still taking a medicine after an illness has been
cured.











7. In addition to taking medicine, people dealing with chronic pain should work with
their healthcare providers to develop other ways to ease their discomfort.











8. Many people who abuse prescription medicines also abuse alcohol and illegal drugs.











9. Most people addicted to prescription medicines can kick the habit on their own.