Prescription Drug Abuse Essay

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Deviant Behavior: Prescription Drug Abuse There are many issues with prescription drug abuse, but this paper will only address the sociological aspects of this deviant behavior, not the physical, medical, mental, or psychological reasons for drug abuse. I was married to a man that had a problem with prescription drugs, but never thought he had a problem because a doctor gave him these medications. He did not take them as they were prescribed and he caused our family to suffer greatly as a result. I finally saw that he would not change and I had to ask him to leave. I still love this man, but he had more reasons to use than I could combat. Picking this subject is a bit of a way for me to vent about a situation I could not fix. Prescription drug abuse is the intentional use of a medication without a prescription; in a way other than prescribed; or for the experience or feeling it causes. (National Institute of Drug Abuse) Because these medications are prescribed, we have the assumption that they are safe to take no matter the circumstances. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain relievers and central nervous system depressants and stimulants. While people may only be after a high when they take these drugs for non-medical reasons, pain medications have intoxication effects of pain relief and euphoria; as well as drowsiness; sedation; weakness; dizziness; nausea; impaired coordination; confusion; dry mouth; itching; sweating; clammy skin; and constipation. Depressants have intoxication effects of sedation; drowsiness; reduced anxiety; feelings of well-being; lowered inhibitions; slurred speech; poor concentration; confusion; dizziness; and impaired coordination and memory. Stimulants have intoxication effects of feelings of exhilaration; increased energy; and mental alertness. (National Institute of Drug Abuse) Statistics show that more

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