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Pharmaceutical Drug Abuse Essay

1420 words - 6 pages

Pharmaceutical drugs are necessary in today’s society but if they fall into the wrong hands they can become fatal. Almost every family has prescription drugs in their home. Anyone can access them if they are not monitored. Teenagers will get random pills, get together with friends, take a handful and see what it does to them. This can become dangerous because they can overdose, take the wrong combination or die. Even though they are here to help they can be just as dangerous as street drugs. Kids need to be informed about the facts and the effects so they will think of what it would do to them and how it would ruin their lives.

Almost every American has used or is currently using a pharmaceutical drug. The drugs are most commonly kept in bathrooms or bedside tables where they are most easily remembered. Think about how easy it is for someone to come and take them without anyone knowing. Teens most commonly will take them and either sell them or take them for recreational use. 20% of parents admit to giving a teen a prescription which was not prescribed to the kid. Some parents bought their teen medication, thinking it would help them perform better in school. Little do they know what they are doing could kill their teen. 16% of prescription drugs are way less dangerous than street drugs. 1/3 of kids believe that it is okay to take prescription medication if you aren’t hurt or ill and that parents should be more concerned about their child taking street drugs than prescription drugs. In reality, they can have the same effects and fatal reactions.

Medication abuse is the number one preventable health problem in today’s youth. Teenagers will take prescription medication thinking that it is safer than taking street drugs, but in reality they can still have long term effects and can be deadly. “People think because drugs come from a doctor they’re safe, but taking them for recreational use to get high can be just as dangerous and addicting as taking street drugs.” (Drug Free Teens) There was a story of a woman who woke up in the hospital one day with her friend at her side. Her friend asked if she remembered anything from the night before but all she remembered was driving to the party. The friend told the woman what had happened that night. She arrived at the party and was given a few Xanax, which is a pill that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. She had never taken Xanax before but all of her friends told her it was perfectly fine to take. She took four and that’s when she passed out the first time. She woke about an hour later and took about 20 more. She passed out once again but this time she stopped breathing. They called an ambulance who took her to the hospital where they pumped her stomach. To her the pills had a long term effect, causing her to not be able to focus for long and she has short term memory loss. Her friends who took Xanax over a long period of time have little to no effects. She stated “A pill can have a...

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