Prescription drug abuse is extremely common in the Unites States with a large number of younger school children resorting to such medicines to obtain their highs. It is the second most commonly abused category of drugs after marijuana as estimated by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. It is estimated by The National Institutes of Health that about one in every five persons in the US have used drugs that require a prescription for non-medical reasons at some point in time.

Common categories of prescription drugs that are abused and the ways in which a home drug test can be used to avoid and prevent the abuse are detailed for you below.

Oxycodone: A prescription drug that is a pain killer that can provide a high that is similar to that of heroin when consumed in higher than prescribed quantities. A simple home Oxycontin test can ascertain whether oxycodone or similar drugs like hydrocodone (familiarly known as Vicodin) have been consumed in the last few days. The detection period of this home drug test is about 2 to 4 days. The Oxycontin test detects up to 100 nanograms per mL in the urine specimen that is checked.

Benzodiazepines: These are drugs like Valium, Xanax and Ativan that are generally prescribed for treatment of anxiety. The tranquilizing or sedative effect that the drug has is hypnotic in nature and it also relaxes the muscles. This category of drugs is habit forming and the withdrawal symptoms can be extremely dangerous too. This is mainly because continuous slowing down of the brain can result in a surging ahead when the drug has not been consumed leading to seizures and hemorrhages. An easy at home Xanax Drug Test can detect if Xanax or a drug in this category of drugs has been consumed with 96% accuracy and a detection period of 3 days to a week after consumption.

Amphetamines: These are drugs like Ritalin and Adderall that are used to treat ADHD. The abuse of this prescription drug has increased massively among teenagers as reported in a recent study. An amphetamines test is available so that you can detect drugs such as Ritalin even when they are consumed within the regular prescribed levels.

A home drug test like an Oxycontin test, an amphetamines test aka an adderall drug test or a Xanax drug test can help in preventing the abuse in the first place. Once a child or a teenager knows that his or her parents are aware of the kind of abuse that these prescription drugs can be put to, they may refrain from using these drugs recreationally.

It is important too to discuss the possibility of prescription drug abuse and the negative effects of taking these drugs upfront, if you have prescription drugs available at home.

Author's Bio: 

Anne Hamilton of Home Health Testing is the author of this article. You can learn more about drug testing by visiting our Home Drug Test page. You can also visit this article in its original context as part of our Home Drug Testing article index.