Prescription Drug Persuasive Speech

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Persuasive Speech I. Introduction A. How many of you knew someone from high school who abused painkillers or prescription drugs? I did; a lot of people I grew up with abused and some died from abusing prescription drugs. B. Prescription drug abuse, especially the abuse of painkillers, is an issue that is all-too-prevalent today, as our nation becomes more and more dependent on medication. C. Through my studies of data and statistics by various branches of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, I have come to more deeply understand this epidemic that is sweeping our nation. Not only have I analyzed numerical data, I have also investigated many stories about the pros and cons of prescription drugs, and about cases where…show more content…
Painkillers are the kind of prescription drug that are most commonly abused. The most popular drugs are codeine, Vicodin, and OxyContin. 2. Other medications include Valium, Xanax, Ritalin, and Adderall, to name a few. B. Statistics 1. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, 7 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2006. In 2008, this number grew to 15.2million. This is nearly a 50% increase in a two year period.2 2. The trend of taking painkillers for nonmedical purposes is increasing most in the 18-26 age 3. Among children aged 12-17, almost 12% of the population surveyed said they had used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes. 4. 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. Even more shocking, 40% of people believe that prescription medications are safer to use than illegal drugs. 31% agreed that it was acceptable to use medical drugs for nonmedical purposes…show more content…
The side-effects of OxyContin, verified by the FDA include: nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite; dizziness, headache, tired feeling; dry mouth; sweating; itching; shallow breathing, slow heartbeat; seizure (convulsions); cold, clammy skin; confusion; severe weakness or dizziness; or feeling light-headed, fainting. b. The side-effects of Vicodin, verified by the FDA, include: feeling anxious, dizzy, or drowsy; mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation; headache, mood changes; blurred vision; ringing in your ears; or dry mouth; shallow breathing, slow heartbeat; feeling light-headed, fainting; confusion, fear, unusual thoughts or behavior; seizure (convulsions); problems with urination; or nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). c. The side-effects of Valium, verified by the FDA include :drowsiness, tired feeling; dizziness, spinning sensation; blurred vision; sleep problems (insomnia), nightmares; muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination; slurred speech; nausea, vomiting, constipation; headache, memory problems; drooling or dry mouth; skin rash; loss of interest in sex; confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior; unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger; depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself; hyperactivity, anxiety, agitation, hostility; double vision, hallucinations; weak or shallow breathing; feeling faint;

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