Although legally available, prescription drugs can be extremely addictive and deadly. The long-term effects of prescription drug abuse, is no longer “The Hidden Epidemic”. Almost half of Americans take at least one prescription drug. Teens and young adults abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons. Some of these reasons include family problems, depression, relationships problems, and other emotional distress.
It’s a Personal Choice Drug addiction is an ever growing problem in the United States. Opiate addiction is a big part of this drug problem. While there is no miracle cure for opiate addiction there are options to aid in its treatment. Suboxone and methadone are two of the most popular treatment methods used for opiate addiction. They are used as a step toward the recovery process.
SOS 304 Drugs & Society Q3.1 The major causes for concern regarding cocaine use stems from the dependency that occurs as well as the damaging effect it can have on human health. Although cocaine was initially used for medicinal purposes, with its leaves being cultivated to produce paste, teas, and wines, those uses have long disappeared. Individuals who use cocaine on a regular basis are at risk for respiratory or cardiac issues, and mixing the drug with other drugs and alcohol can damage health and lead to fatalities. Drug users often have healthcare issues and require treatment for more than one ailment, even though they can be less than forthcoming when it comes to medical treatment and advice. Amphetamines are used to treat a variety of medical issues but like cocaine, illicit drug use in the 60s caused the federal government to become concerned about dependency and illegal activities.
These monsters have pushed the marijuana, heroin, LSD /PCP, cocaine, crack, and now the meth epidemics. In 2008, the White House released the ADAM II annual which reported, “Methamphetamine remains primarily a regional phenomenon. In Sacramento and Portland 35 and 15% percent of arrestees respectively test positive in 2008 for meth…Meth positives are lowest in New York (less than 1%)New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Charlotte and only slightly higher in (2-3%) in Denver, Indianapolis, Washington DC and Minneapolis. The practice of injecting methamphetamine is most common in Portland (32% injected at last use), but less common elsewhere.” (Cohen, et al.,
Mr. Hudson complains of symptoms such as, dizziness, ringing of the ears, dry mouth and dry throat. According to the DSM IV-TR, I diagnose the “Edgy Electrician” with (GAD) Generalized Anxiety Disorder. A disorder characterized by chronic distress and anxiety. He qualifies for this disorder because he possesses some symptoms such as difficulty concentrating and being unable to control his worries, which are all symptoms of (GAD). “People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder report that the anxiety that they experience cause substantial interference with their lives and they need a significant dosage of medications to control their symptoms.” (Gerow and Chatmon 2013, p. 258).
Drug addiction is a major part of today’s society. Not only does it affect the human body in many different ways it also affects the mouth in various ways. There are many different harmful drugs around the world. Some examples include methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, heroin, and ecstasy. Throughout my paper I will go into detail about each harmful drug and the effect on the human body.
Prescription pain pills include narcotics, stimulants and depressants, which are the most commonly abused. Statistics show that 1 in 20 people in the United States, ages 12 and older, abuse prescription painkillers. These drugs affect the brain and reach the opiate receptors which cause a release of dopamine which acts as a “excitatory neurotransmitter”. Dopamine produces feelings of pleasure, satisfaction, and a feeling of euphoria. These feelings are only temporary and when they wear off the person feels much worse than they did before taking the pills.
Crack Cocaine: A Devastating Substance Abuse Disorder Alisha Nalezinek Northwestern State UniversityAbstract Crack cocaine is a drug that hurts the lives of many people including the substance abuser. People need to find a safer way to escape from their problems. In the 1980’s, crack cocaine spread across the United States and became very popular. Crack cocaine is a form of cocaine that it typically smoked, and it will be on the American drug scene for years to come. People that use crack may become violent, but it is a cheap drug to buy.
There is a large incidence of illicit drug abuse among the adult population, however, the comorbidity of substance abuse and mental illness is equally as high (Elder, Evans & Nizette, 2005). Evidence suggests that those suffering from mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, do not always seek out the appropriate assistance from the medical community and alternatively turn to illicit narcotics (Mueser, Drake & Wallach, 1998). Patients with a mental illness are often incorrectly diagnosed or their condition is poorly managed dual diagnosis, consequently this can result in induced acute episodes, rehospitalisation and relapse (Padwa, Larkins, Crevecoeur-MacPhail, & Grella, 2013). The aim of this essay is to educate nursing staff on
Do you think prescription drugs are abused? My own opinion is yes prescription drugs are abused badly. I know and heard of a lot of cases where prescription drugs are abused. I think stricter laws need to be forced more on prescription drugs. I don’t necessarily know what the laws should state, but its something that needs looked into badly.