Prescription Drug Abuse In Today's Society

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(hazelden, n.d.) (, n.d.) (, n.d.) (, 201) (, 201) (Renter, 2013)Generation Rx Generation Rx Mary Allred Communication 172 09/01/2014 Brandy Chandler Generation Rx “According to the recent study, nearly one in five teens in grades 7-12 (19 percent, or 4.5 Million) say they've used prescription painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin or stimulants such as Ritalin to get high. One in ten (10 percent, or 2.4 million) report having abused cough medicine. “(,n.d.para1) The rise in prescription drug abuse is classified as an epidemic according to the White House. The use of these drugs are on the rise at an alarming rate. My…show more content…
Sure, using pharmaceutical drugs are safe when they are being used by the doctor’s prescription. However, when these drugs are being crushed and snorted, or being cooked down to a liquid form to be intravenously used or taken orally in very high doses these pharmaceutical drugs can be very fatal. The rise in young adults intravenously using pharmaceutical drugs is at an alarming rate. The thought of it being safer is because these drugs are approved by the FDA and are manufactured in a clean and controlled environment. Street drugs such as heroin and cocaine come in all sorts of potencies and it is never known how strong or weak the drug is until taken by the user. The milligrams are exact and the chances of overdosing are thought to be…show more content…
Many of the drugs that are abused by our youth were manufactured and marketed to Americans by big pharmaceutical companies. These drugs are supposed to be used to lessen pain, but more times than not they are prescribed with little regard to the risks they pose. This is where the problem lies, doctors throwing prescriptions to people for small injuries which in turn into a dependency problem. ”Drugs like fentanal, codene, oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone (which is used to help treat people with opioid addictions) together are linked to 75% of prescription drug overdoses each year. These dangerous drugs are all over our streets in urban and in rural parts of the U.S. The centers for disease control say that 100 people die every day in the U.S. from drug overdose, with prescription painkiller use being a serious offender. The prescription addiction epidemic has led to the creation of mass prescription databases, where your pharmaceutical habits are tracked by doctors and pharmacists alike in many states. The legal crack-down has made it difficult for many to obtain the drugs they are addicted to. In an effort to lessen the wave of prescription opiate addiction, the legal system has pushed many already-addicted people to a cheaper, easier to score opiate high—heroin.” (Renter, 2013) However, the regulations haven’t decreased the alarming amount of young adults who are currently addicted to pharmaceutical drugs. The government

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