Psychotropic Medications, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse
Psychotropic medications are a worldwide phenomenon. People abuse these drugs daily, and end up harming their bodies with each dose they put into their system. For example, CNS Stimulant Medications like Adderall and Ritalin are used to treat ADD or paradoxically ADHD in children over age 6 and for narcolepsy. Also used in the treatment of senile apathy and major depression not yielding to other therapies. Many college students find Adderall is the key to an all night study session. What they don’t realize is they are slowing but surely harming their bodies. Although prescribers usually take into account the potential for abuse before prescribing pain medications, benzodiazepines, and other hypnotic/sedative drugs, practitioners appear less likely to consider medications such as atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants as having the potential for abuse or dependence. During the 1960s such drugs became widely available, and government authorities opposed this for numerous reasons, arguing that along with negative health effects, drug use led to lowered moral standards. The Convention, which contains import and export restrictions and other rules aimed at limiting drug use to scientific and medical purposes, came into force on August 16, 1976. Today, 175 nations are Parties to the treaty. Many laws have been passed to implement the Convention, including the U.S. Psychotropic Substance Act, the UK Misuse of Drugs Act (1971), and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Although all these laws are enforcement it still isn’t stopping persons from getting to these drugs and abusing them.
Seroquel - an "atypical" antipsychotic, sometimes is used as a sleep aid, is one of the main abused drugs in America. Another sleep aid medication widely abused is Ambien. These drugs are over the counter, therefore, they are easier to purchase.
Another widely abused substance in the United States is alcohol....