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.
Users tend to suffer from severe anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, agitation and delusions. Those are the symptoms that cause users to act out violently as we’ve seen in the news. The user appetite has decreased and they’ve lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. Since bath salts are a stimulant you’ll notice involuntary muscle movements, grinding of the teeth and rolling of the tongue. Drastic changes in sleep patterns and dilated pupils are also signs that a person is abusing bath salts.
Facility Planning Part I Cassandra Pinkston HCS/446 November 3, 2012 Jennifer Huff Facility Planning Part I Emory Healthcare is the most predominate, most inclusive health system in the state of Georgia. Emory Healthcare system consists of the following facilities; The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children’s Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, Emory University Orthopedics & Spine Hospital and is part owner of Emory-Adventist Hospital. Emory hospital located on Clifton Rd is the site where many surgeries are preformed and it has often reached it full capacity. Emory Healthcare has made plans to solve this problem by devoting $46.6 million in revamping and
The veil that someone is high on drugs is that equivalent to the majority of schizophrenics (National Mental Health Institute, 2007). Though drug addiction is not always the case in patients a larger factor, however, is the need for many schizophrenics to intake nicotine. Most people suffering from schizophrenia will consume some sort of nicotine at three times that of a normal citizen, which raises the question if it is brain dependence to the chemical (National Mental Health Institute, 2007). Researchers today are looking to see if it is a biological need or if many patients realize that the drug will combat many of the medications and treatments given by the therapists. Depression is often misinterpreted in residual schizophrenic, one who no longer suffers from hallucinations, but has no will to live (Mental Health America, 2011).
Withdraw symptoms are very uncomfortable for abusers. They can experience headaches, muscle twitches, anxiety, weakness, nausea, and a sudden drop in their blood pressure. The withdraw stage is very dangerous because it can lead to convulsions. Even under medical supervision, it can take up to two months for a person to completely withdraw from the depressants. Serious side effects include respiratory disorders, coma and even
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.
Marijuana may cause panic and stress attacks in extreme cases but helps ones gain back loss of appetite, and can dull pain from radiation treatments (GetGoing, 2011). The withdrawal effects of marijuana are minimal but can reverse the features it enhances. Conversely is the use of drugs such as cocaine and heroin. According to GetGoing (2011) using heroin or cocaine, powdered or crack (rock), even one time causes such intense cravings for some individuals that they use it again and again, rapidly becoming addicted. Furthermore, crack is the most highly addictive of all the drugs available because it is smoked and therefore stimulates the brain directly (GetGoing, 2011 p. 2).
As stated in a publication issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “The abuse of prescription pain medications is increasing among adult Americans as well. Among young adults aged 18 to 25, the rate increased from 22.1 percent in 2002 to 23.7 percent in 2003, NSDUH data show. Abuse of oxycodone increased among all age groups from 2002 to 2003: by more than 10 percent among Americans aged 12 to 17, by nearly 40 percent among 18- to 25-year-olds, and by 60 percent for Americans aged 26 or older” (Volkow, 2005). The NIDA is responding to the rise in prescription drug abuse in numerous areas, one of which is geriatrics. The NIDA also reported, “Age-related changes may influence the way in which their bodies metabolize and respond to prescription drugs.
Steadman 1 Prescription pain pill addiction among young adults has increased at an alarming rate in the past few years. Narcotics’ including hydrocodone (Loracet, Lora tab, Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan), codeine (Tylenol 2s, 3s, and 4s), morphine (MS Contin), Fentanyl patches, are all prescriptions being abused by young adults. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH, 2006) reported an increase in the nonmedical use of prescription pain medications among young adults ages 18-25. More people initiated use of prescription pain relievers in 2004 than began using cocaine or marijuana. Oxycontin was introduced in 1996 as a pain reliever for terminal cancer patients.
During the past two decades, more and more young Americans have been dying violent deaths. The United States suffers far more young violent deaths than any other wealthy nation. For many years Americans have been dying at younger ages than people in almost all other wealthy countries (huffingtonpost.com). In these years the rate of youths involved in motor vehicle and other accidental deaths has been climbing while suicide and homicide rates have shot up dramatically. Moreover, violent deaths are becoming a larger proportion of all youth mortality.