Prescription Pills at the Center of Boca Raton Trial

Opening statements for the trial of Gerald Klein, a prescription pill mill doctor charged with first-degree murder in a patient's overdose death, will be heard Aug. 24 by a Palm Beach County jury. Prosecutors say Klein, 81, is criminally responsible for the death of Joseph Bartolucci, 24, in February 2009. The West Palm Beach man died after he overdosed on a narcotic and an anti-anxiety drug prescribed by the doctor. Klein faces 12 drug charges involving prescription pills supplied to Bartolucci and two other patients, as well as a charge of premeditated murder.

When prescription pills are taken for non-medical reasons or without any proper diagnosis, this is considered prescription drug abuse. Millions of people suffer from this disorder, and prescription medications are the most abused drugs out there. If you or someone you love is abusing prescription pills and ready to get help, Boca Raton drug treatment centers are available to help you find drug treatment centers.

Common Prescription Drugs of Abuse

Painkillers and stimulants are just a couple classes of the most commonly abused prescription pills. Medications used to treat conditions like ADHD are increasingly abused in New York City as well as other locales throughout the U.S. Addictive drugs are classified according to their risks for dependency. Street drugs like heroin are deemed Class I because of their dangerously addictive properties. Opiates that are often prescribed for pain are either a Class II or Class III type of drug. Prescription drugs that are most commonly abused include morphine, codeine, OxyContin, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin and Xanax.

Often, patients are prescribed drugs like these for perfectly legitimate health concerns. However, these drugs, as doctors are aware, do carry a risk of both physical and mental dependency. Once someone begins to use these prescription drugs in a way that is at odds with the doctor's healthcare provider's instructions or obtains them illegally, they begin to exhibit a problem abusing prescription pills.

Signs and Symptoms

There are physical, mental, and behavioral signs associated with prescription drug addiction. A person who is addicted to prescription pills like OxyContin may demonstrate mood swings, anxiety, depression and confusion. When under the influence of a prescription medication, they might exhibit symptoms like irregular breathing. Stimulant addiction is often associated with weight loss, mood swings and sleep disturbances.

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