Prescription Drug Abuse

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Diana Serban Eng. 101 Savior or Condemner defines prescription drugs as a drug that is available only with written instructions from a doctor or dentist to a pharmacist. Prescription drugs are usually stronger than over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and have a better chance of curing certain conditions than OTCs. Prescriptions drugs can vary from something as simple as antibiotics for the flu to as serious as Oxycodone for serious pain relief. The instructions given by doctors are to be followed strictly or side-effects may occur. According to the CDC, 48% of Americans have used a prescription drug in the last month. Millions and millions of lives have been saved because of the use of prescription drugs. However…show more content…
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 6.3 million Americans stated that they are currently using prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Prescription drug abuse is the use of prescribed medication in a way other than directed by a physician which usually leads to addiction. Once addicted, prescription drugs quickly deteriorate your life along with your personality traits and attitude. Perhaps one of the reasons this sort of drug abuse is increasing drastically may be because prescription pills are legal when prescribed, and very easy to get your hands on. Many times prescription pills are sitting right there in your cabinet along with other medications. A majority of people believe that if this latest trend continues and increases much longer, we may have an unbalanced society in the near…show more content…
Virtually every medication presents some risk of undesirable side effects, sometimes even serious ones. Doctors consider the potential benefits and risks to each patient before prescribing medications, but even then if taken for long periods of time they can have an effect on your ability to see clearly. What makes it worse is that people who abuse drugs might not understand how these factors may affect them or that prescription drugs do more than cause a high, help them stay awake, help them relax, or relieve pain. Another problem is that many drug abusers take more than one drug at a time and this can cause serious consequences, one of which is death. Every 14 minutes someone dies because of prescription pills. How often do we turn on the T.V. to see yet another overdose and for how much longer will this continue? Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been

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