Prescription Drugs Essay

2502 WordsMar 24, 201411 Pages
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. Teens also have to deal with their image. They want to feel like they belong or may be going through a self-identity crisis. Both adults and teens turn to drugs to help cope with these different issues. However, while drugs may make you feel better in the short-term, attempts to self-medicate ultimately backfire. Something that seems to be easily monitored has turned into, misuse, addiction, and can lead to death. Instead of treating the underlying problem; drug use simply masks the symptoms. If you take the drug away the problem which caused the drug abuse is still there; whether it may be low self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness, or an unhappy family life. Concentration on this issue is becoming a focus for society. The prescription drugs most commonly abused by teens are painkillers, prescribed to treat pain; depressants, such as sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs; and stimulants, mainly prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. These types of drugs can be very accessible to any young adult. If you look in your bathroom at least one of these drugs can be found in your medicine cabinet. You can also buy many of these drugs over the counter. The age to buy most over the counter medicine is eighteen such as any DM syrups. However, any age can buy painkillers such as Tylenol and Motrin. So in return the majority of teens who abuse prescription and over the counter drugs

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