Addictive disorders like drug abuse are the most widespread and intransigent mental health problems facing us today. Many problems of alcohol use involve difficulties that stem solely from the intoxicating effects of the substances. Dependence occurs when an individual develops a tolerance for the substance or exhibits withdrawal symptoms when it is not available. Drug abuse disorders may involve physiological dependence on substances, such as opiates- particularly heroin-or barbiturates; however psychological dependence may also occur with any of the drugs that are commonly used today-for e.g. marijuana.
Talking more specifically about painkillers, Opiod painkillers, like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Demerol cause more drug overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined. The abuse of painkillers represents 3/4of all prescription drug abuse. 5. About one quarter of all drug-related hospital visits were caused by overdoses on prescription drugs. 6.
It also produces large amount of endorphins in the brain, and in high doses (primarily when abused) can cause a euphoric feeling which is very much like heroin. OxyContin is one of the most abused prescription drugs in America today. It is a highly addictive drug because of the increase of pseudo pleasurable feelings. When a person has become addicted, it can have major negative effects on their career, family, and health. After one has decided to seek professional help (this usually occurs when the addict hits rock bottom) there are many resources available to help achieve long-term abstinence.
One type of crime that is steadily increasing is drug offenses. There are numerous types of illegal drugs and these drugs are more potent and more dangerous than ever. Those people that distribute drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and barbiturates are the worst kind of criminal and whatever punishment is given definitely fits the crime. In this paper I will discuss the mandatory sentencing laws and whether these laws are biased towards blacks, particularly the black male. Drug crimes have increased dramatically and throughout the years and the government took the initiative to address the drug crisis.
However, Purdue Pharma still denies OxyContin to be addictive. Its introduction has been a great economic success for Purdue Pharma and now accounts for eighty percent of the company’s total business (Goode and Inciardi 2). Because it has become popular with drug abusers, OxyContin has received a lot of unwanted attention by the media. As of March 1, 2007, prescription drug abuse will exceed other forms of illegal narcotics used worldwide (Kole 1). The pharmaceutical drug OxyContin is developed to be a very potent pain reliever used by patients with chronic illnesses, although, many users have developed extreme problems caused by the drug’s highly addictive nature.
The songs that were written by these bands helped to transform the public view of psychedelic drugs for generations to come. Soon after the LSD craze passed, mainly due to governments war on drugs, cocaine became the choice drug amongst American upper and middle classes. In the 1960’s what many believed was a powerful tool for art, music, and creativity in general began to sweep the country. As many youths became increasingly frustrated with the views and laws put into effect by an older generation, they felt a strong need to express themselves as individuals and not just as lower parts of corporate America. Race relations were still very poor throughout America and a younger generation felt as though they had seen enough hate and intolerance to last them a lifetime.
Running Head: Prescription Pain Medication and Abuse Poly Substance Abuse: Heidi Marckese Montana State University-Billings English 201-801, College Writing II Professor Gary Acton March 12, 2010 Prescription drugs abuse is a serious concern in regards to patient care and the public health. Prescription medications that exist today alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, or induce sleep. “Generation Rx” is defined as a culture of self-diagnosis and self-prescribing. Americans have abuse prescription drugs such as; pain relievers, sedatives/tranquilizers, and stimulants. Abuse of prescription drugs in the United States in the past decade is at an alarming all time high.
Caffeine: How bad can it be? General purpose: Caffeine: How bad can it be? Specific purpose: To persuade my audience that caffeine in large amounts can cause severe damage. Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive stimulant with prevalent use across all age groups. But can be so harmful and lead to unwanted ER visits.
Reynolds’s commentary is part a larger debate about the effect on the brain after smoking. The effect smoking has always been controversial, but some people haven’tseen the harm of smoking. They have believed that “smoking helped them awake, make energy in work, etc.” However,herbs are one of the ingredients used to manufacture drugs for human treatment. But besides that if we abuse it, it will become harmful substances. Tobacco is one component that affects people by smoking.