2315 words - 9 pagesThe definition of abuse of prescriptiondrugs is using a medication in a manner other than prescribed, by a person who it was not prescribed for, to obtain a particular experience. Many people, but especially teenagers and young adults, have turned to abusing prescription medication. Some people have an increased genetic risk of getting addicted to medications but environmental factors such as economic level, lack of employment and pressure from peers also have a significant impact. Abuse of these drugs has harmful side effects to the person abusing them but can also affect the people around them. They are more likely to have difficulties in many areas of their life including problems withVIEW DOCUMENT
911 words - 4 pagesIn the U.S there has been an increase in the use of prescriptiondrugs; it has tripled since 1990 (CDC, 2013). The incidence of prescription drug abuse, defined as the use of the medication in other methods than was prescribed, has lead to a deadly epidemic. Twelve million people reported that they have used prescriptiondrugs non- medically (CDC, 2013). The people that used prescription drug non –medically get them from their friends, bought them off the street, stole them from a relative, or took more than they were prescribed (CDC, 2013). Prescriptiondrugs can be just as dangerous as illegal street drugs when misused. Prescription drug abuse is responsible for 475,000 emergencyVIEW DOCUMENT
1226 words - 5 pagesWhen people hear of prescription drug abuse they think of people that do not have a prescription using the drug for other reasons but this is not always the case. People that get a prescription, may abuse it by misuse of selling them, or by over use. Many different types of prescriptiondrugs are very addictive and used out of control. They can have some serious effects on a person.
Why does so many people abuse prescriptiondrugs? Some will say it is safer than street drugs since it is FDA approved. Is it because prescriptiondrugs are easier to get a hold of and sometimes cheaper? Some believe it is safe for them to consume because it was given to them by a Physician. That is not theVIEW DOCUMENT
907 words - 4 pages has been to close that gap and keep money in the states. This resolution won't help our cause. By allowing our citizens to buy prescriptiondrugs from other countries we will just send more and more money out of our country and in the hands of our neighbors.This may not seem like a huge problem but I agree with Columnist John M. Berry when he writes "the huge difference between exports and imports is essentially a lost opportunity to create jobs and generate income." So this is actually negatively affecting our economy in more ways than one. We will lose money, we will also be losing precious jobsVIEW DOCUMENT
1156 words - 5 pages abusing a drug, and there are many types of drugs that people abuse. There are three ways to define if someone is an abuser of prescriptiondrugs: the drug is deliberately used without a prescription; the drug is used in a way the physician did not intend; and/or for the feelings and experiences that are created through the drug (Prescription Drug Abuse, 2011). There is a distinct difference between abusers and misusers, misusers may use the drug in an improper way but abusers use drugs in an improper way in order to get high. There are four categories of prescriptiondrugs: pain relievers (opioids), depressants, stimulants, and sedatives (Prescription Drug Abuse, 2011). Out of these, painVIEW DOCUMENT
2118 words - 8 pages Although the pharmaceutical industry says that prescription medicines are as safe as they can possibly be, prescribed drugs have a high increase of risking a patient’s health. According to the law, drug makers seek Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for specific uses of their products and conduct trials to test their drugs safety and effectiveness in patients with specific conditions. The FDA demands that drug companies conduct rigorous clinical trials to prove a drugs safety and effectiveness in treating a particular disease. However, once the FDA approves a drug for one use, doctors can prescribe it for whatever they want. The FDA is considering loosening theVIEW DOCUMENT
2080 words - 8 pages disorder that creates musculoskeletal pain. Cindy said that, “It left me waking up every day feeling like someone had beaten me with a baseball bat.” The doctor gave her Percocet to stop the pain. Slowly she got addicted to the prescriptiondrugs. If she didn’t feel the pain she would still take the pills. Eventually she noticed what she was doing was not right and checked into a rehabilitation center for her children. Although she the rehab helped get off the pills the pain for her Fibromyalgia was still there. Cindy is afraid to take pills for the pain because she does not want to be addicted to them again. She just lives with the pain, hoping for a new day to begin. If her doctorVIEW DOCUMENT
1158 words - 5 pagesFor some people, drugs are a part of everyday life. Drugs are what allow them to be able to walk around in the mornings with no ache, or comfort the pain of a recent surgery, or help and individual cope with anxiety or stress; however, the same drugs that are used to bring enjoyment into one persons life can bring destruction into another. This has become a major problem in the U.S. and all over the world as well. In a recent survey, thirty different clinics, spread out over five urban areas, reported that thirty-six percent of admitted patients has admitted to the nonmedical use of prescriptiondrugs over the past year (Brown, Chaitkin, 1981); consequently, prescription pain killers haveVIEW DOCUMENT
1905 words - 8 pagesThe misuse of prescriptiondrugs among college students is a growing problem for this generation. There are more students taking non-prescribed prescriptiondrugs for various reasons than ever before. The dangers associated with this are not well known and students do not realize the damage they are doing to themselves now, and the effects it will have on their body and mind in the future. Young people should be educated on this subject and recognize the risks they are taking by consuming these medications. Some use for recreational purposes and some simply use it to stay up late and study, not realizing that one is just as dangerous as the other. Prescriptiondrugs are just as dangerousVIEW DOCUMENT
1263 words - 5 pagesCanadian’s pay too much for prescription generic drugs, which are more in abundance and competitive, over brand name drugs. Generic drug prices are inflated; their rates are set at high levels, by the provinces. Canada has its own drug makers, which produce generic drugs to international countries. Generic drugs are cheaper, the time required to develop a generic is shorter and the costs are much lower to produce, than that of the brand name medicine. Ontario’s Drug Benefit Program prevents consumers, from buying drugs at competitive rates. Our Provincial Government sets rates that are fixed, for Generic Drugs the rate is about 25% of the cost of brand name drugs. Pharmacies can charge theVIEW DOCUMENT
1334 words - 5 pagesPrescription drug abuse has become increasingly prevalent among teens in the county. There has been an increase in the abuse of prescriptiondrugs for a number of reasons. Some individuals who misuse prescriptiondrugs believe they are safer than other illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified this prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. More and more teens are becoming addicted to these substances and the epidemic is only growing.
Prescription drug abuse by teens has been rapidly increasing over the last five years. According to nationally projectable survey byVIEW DOCUMENT
1091 words - 4 pagesAlmost 40,000 people die every year from overdosing on prescription medicine. Solutions to this overdose issue include alternate treatments, the disposal of leftover medicine and unused prescriptions, and providing Narcan to those using prescription medicine, which is a medicine to reverse an overdose.
58% of overdoses are caused by medicine. For 1 death: 10 people are admitted for treatment of drug abuse, 32 ER visits for drug abuse, 130 abuse prescriptiondrugs, and 825 are nonmedical prescription drug users. 1 in 10 drug abusers actually get treatment for abuse. Prescriptiondrugs sales have quadrupled over the last 15 years. Around 75-90% of overdoses are accidental, 20% are suicideVIEW DOCUMENT
900 words - 4 pagesWhen a person thinks of problems that haunt over Montana, mostly what comes to mind are drunk driving, the meth epidemic, or the bipolar weather; but Montana has a crisis that is on the rise and catching the attention of the police force all over this state. Most teens and adults can remember of a friend asking them for their prescription pills or witnessed someone taking these pills illegally. Throughout my life, there are many instances that I can recall from memory dealing with prescription pills and how they changed or altered my life. People tend to think that prescription pills are safer than street drugs because they are made for people to take. But in one occurrence, my mother lostVIEW DOCUMENT
1417 words - 6 pagesPrescription Drug Abuse
When people hear of prescription drug abuse they think of people that do not have a prescription using the drug for other reasons but this is not always the case. People that get a prescription, may abuse it by misusing them in ways of injecting, snorting, smoking and swallowing or even selling them. Many different types of prescriptiondrugs are very addictive and used out of control. They can have some serious effects on a person.
Why does so many people abuse prescriptiondrugs? Some will say it is safer than street drugs, since it is FDA approved. Is it because prescriptiondrugs are easier to get a hold of and sometimes cheaper? Some believe it is safe forVIEW DOCUMENT
1021 words - 4 pages different doctors, then had one filled at a mail order pharmacy and the other at the local CVS there would be no way to track it. If the pharmacies were to check their state databases he would come up clean because most mail order pharmacies are not in the same state that the patient’s is from, therefore they do not have the opportunity to look at the patient’s state database. If there was one national prescription drug database we could catch these drug addicts dead in their tracks.
The number one abused and misused drug is Oxycontin (or the generic name oxycodone). Oxycontin is considered to be one of the most lethal drugs in America and is one of the top drugs that is prescribed by aVIEW DOCUMENT
3968 words - 16 pagesPeople usually don't think that taking prescription medication, which is prescribed by a doctor, can create a drug problem that could affect their lives for years to come. Prescription drug abuse is an ever growing problem in the United States because many people are addicted to prescriptiondrugs without even knowing how or why they are addicted. The number of people addicted to prescriptiondrugs has risen substantially throughout the years. "About 6.2 million Americans, including disproportionately high numbers of young people and the elderly, abuse prescriptiondrugs, according to government data released in September. More than 14.5 million people report they've taken such drug forVIEW DOCUMENT
1800 words - 7 pages to think that prescription pills are safer than street drugs because they are made for people to take. But in one occurrence, my mother lost her best friend and my good friend lost his mother to the addiction with prescriptiondrugs, which caused a downward spiral in her life. One might ask, what is the state doing to stop this epidemic? One might also wonder what effects prescription drug abuse has on our city.
My personal story and experience with the prescription drug problem started when my mother and I moved from Spain to the United States; my mother met her soon-to-be best friend, Regina. When I was a child, my mother never told me about the serious problem that Regina hadVIEW DOCUMENT
690 words - 3 pagesDrugs, both legal and illegal, play a large role in our ever changing society. In today’s news, the topic of marijuana legalization is discussed and debated by politicians on a daily basis. What we do not discuss, however, is one of the fastest growing affairs in teens and young adults throughout the country. Next to marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco, prescription pills are the most abused substance by youth aged 12 to 17. Prescription drug abuse can be defined as taking a prescription drug that was prescribed for someone else or in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed. (Facts On Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs) Narcotic painkillers are drugs that contain or are derivedVIEW DOCUMENT
1236 words - 5 pagesdrugs are responsible for killing thousands of people each year. Those who escape death are sometimes confined to a mental institution. Drugs can affect a person now and in the future.Drugs are not only affecting adults they also are affecting the young generation. The article "Illicit drug use down among the young" discusses how teenagers are using more prescriptiondrugs than ever before. Teenagers use prescriptiondrugs because they are less obvious than street drugs. The survey by the VIEW DOCUMENT
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Pharmaceutical drugs are necessary in today’s society but if they fall into the wrong hands they can become fatal. Almost every family has prescriptiondrugs 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 aVIEW DOCUMENT
1362 words - 5 pagesExamining the prevalence of stimulant misuse and abuse among college students is crucial to understand how widespread this growing problem is. Understanding the extent of stimulant misuse can lead to better education among college students about the dangers of illicit stimulant use and the potential risks and side effects. In studies done at the University of Michigan and the University of Rhode Island, it was found that many students had used prescription stimulants illegally at one point or another in their lifetime, and found access to drugs such as Adderall very easy to obtain. Many students cited motives for using these drugs illegally, such as using it for a good cause, such asVIEW DOCUMENT
1091 words - 4 pages by the misinterpretation of handwriting. Although now almost obsolete, hand-written prescriptions have been the cause of many medical errors because certain sound-alike or look-alike drugs have, in the past, been incorrectly substituted for one another. A report given by the insurance company, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield disclosed that if all physicians were to begin using electronic-prescription systems, “more than two million adverse reactions or events – ranging from inconsequential to severe – could be avoided each year” (wgrz.com). According to pharmacist and associate director for the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Drug Safety, Jerry Phillips, “Six-hundred sound-alike orVIEW DOCUMENT
2310 words - 9 pages the drugs into the country.
These strict borders are not only designed to protect the country against illicit drugs though. Many of the drugs that would be considered legal or prescriptions, these drugs are also protected from entering this country. It may seem that the Government should not be as restrictive against allowing prescriptiondrugs into the U.S. The Government’s emphasis on stopping the importation of drugs has both a positive and a negative effect for the citizens. Though the negative effects may not be immediately noticed, they do exist and create a good argument for why the Government should allow drugs from other countries into the U.S.
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1091 words - 4 pagesPrescription Drug Abuse among Teenagers ( 12-17 Years)
PrescriptionDrugs are medications that are prescribed to patients by a doctor to help in many ways, such as relieve pain, treat symptoms of a disease, or to help fight an infection. They are very safe when used properly and under supervision of a physician, yet if used without approval of a doctor they can be very harmful and in some cases could lead to death. During your adolescence years, teens have curiosity which builds up and leads them to experimentation. They pop a pill, get high and then want more. Not only do they ease your state of mind, Increasing numbers of teens have easy access to painkillers throughVIEW DOCUMENT
514 words - 2 pagesFueling Drug Costs in Today's WorldIn today's world, prescriptiondrugs cost is on a rising trend. Consequently, much of the national debate today is over the cost of medicines. As consumers living in the United States, the consumption of and dependence on prescriptiondrugs is more than any other country alone. This is surprising since the United States isn't a third world country in which poverty adds to the rate of disease and illness. So why is it that consumer's have such aVIEW DOCUMENT
2864 words - 11 pagesThe use of prescriptiondrugs in any manner other than that ordered by a physician is deemed as prescription drug abuse. In this paper, I will explore recent statistics in prescription drug abuse, the misconceptions behind prescription drug abuse, and the most commonly abused prescriptiondrugs. I will also discuss various methods that are used to obtain excessive amounts of prescriptiondrugs and the precautions used by those in the medical profession to control prescription drug abuse. In closing, I will focus on the government's effort to control prescription drug abuse through the tracking of prescriptions and the imposition of tougher penalties on those who violate the law.InVIEW DOCUMENT
1735 words - 7 pages Canada lacks a medical drug coverage program, causing drug costs to be paid by the patients themselves from their own pockets, or a mix of private and publicly funded drug plans. However, those who have insurance may even possibly face difficulties affording medications because most insurance plans require payments from patients, resulting as a barrier to access needed drugs. While provincial governments cover most drug cost for seniors and those receiving social assistance, the provincial government fails to provide drug coverage for individuals that don’t have the same benefits, which can result in high rates of not having the urge and failure to fill their prescriptiondrugs.
575 words - 2 pages test. The drugs affect the brain and make it hard for people to concentrate on their work.There are many different kinds of drugs that can be addicting. One is a prescription drug. Prescriptiondrugs are types of medicine. These drugs could be bought at a regular drugstore.Stimulants make a person all jumpy and happy until it wears off. The person then feels sick and tired. A popular stimulant is crack. Over one million teenagers have smoked crack. Crack is smoked from the form of cocaine.Depressants help a person relax and calm down. It makes a person feel sleepy and tired. If too manyVIEW DOCUMENT
910 words - 4 pages, a drug growing in popularity among high school students, and the non-medical use of prescriptiondrugs.Marijuana, known by it's street names of "weed", "reefer", and "Mary Jane" is the most widely used drug and the number one cash crop in the United States (USA Today, 2002). The youth of today should be more educated as to the side effects of smoking, but it is not stopping the sharp increase of teens smoking today. The medical side effects are numerous and include, but are not limited to: (a) Premature cancer (b) Physical and Psychological addiction (c) Mental disorders, here is our proof that it is not a harmless "high" Advocates say Marijuana should be taken off the bannedVIEW DOCUMENT
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Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, and Heath Ledger- all are celebrities who died as a result of misused prescription drug consumption. Whether intentional or by accident, prescriptiondrugs are dangerous and need to be prescribed as a last resort, not routinely. The Department of Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy revealed that “in 2004, pharmaceutical firms spent more than $57 billion on marketing in the U.S., roughly twice their expenditure on research and development” (p.462). The FDA sign is a stamp of approval to many consumers who question a products safety or effectiveness. However, many people are oblivious to the fact that drug companies are forVIEW DOCUMENT
1055 words - 4 pages psychologists. American Psychologist, 51(3), 207-212. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.51.3.207
Heiby, E. M. (2002). Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: Can Differing Views Be Reconciled?. Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 58(6), 589-597.
Lavoie, K. L., & Barone, S. (2006). Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: A Comprehensive Review and Critical Analysis of Current Issues and Controversies.CNS Drugs, 20(1), 51-66.
Lavoie, K. L., & Fleet, R. P. (2002). Should Psychologists Be Granted Prescription Privileges? A Review of the Prescription Privilege Debate for Psychiatrists. Canadian Journal Of Psychiatry, 47(5), 443.
Norfleet, M. (2002). Responding to Society's Needs: Prescription Privileges for Psychologists. Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 58(6), 599-610.
1004 words - 4 pages"Health care costs have skyrocketed over the last several years. The high cost of prescriptiondrugs is one of the major factors affecting the overall cost of health care today. No one is immune from these rising costs. Government, insurance companies, private corporations, and ultimately individual consumers are all affected. But among the hardest hit are senior citizens who often have to stretch fixed incomes to meet a growing need for prescriptiondrugs". (Attorney General's Office)"A 2001 survey of seniors in eight states found that nearly one in four spent at least $100 per month on theirVIEW DOCUMENT
2557 words - 10 pages coverage. This interests me because prescriptiondrugs are a major part of modern medicine. They serve as compliments to medical procedures; substitutes for surgery or other procedures; and new treatments where there were none previously (Oliver, Lee & Lipton, 2004). As the medical community’s understanding of the human body increases the possibility for new pharmaceutical interventions will increase.
Prescription drug coverage is an important issue because many rely on the day to day help they receive from prescriptiondrugs. Furthermore, the elderly and disabled populations are particularly reliant on prescriptiondrugs and have some of the least means to purchase them (Huh, RiceVIEW DOCUMENT
705 words - 3 pages dozens of years. The consumption of pharmaceutical drugs dates back to 1933, when US military used amphetamines during World War II, (DEA). Use increased after the war by every day citizens. Before drug regulations, it was seen as harmless behavior. Since the 1930s, prescription drug abuse has only spiraled upwards and for the wrong reasons, “Participants reported nonmedical use of prescriptiondrugs to change mood, to facilitate activity, and to monitor the intake of other substances,” (Silva np). Small doses lead to larger doses, often followed by use of more flagrant substances such as cocaine and heroin. The statistics are ghastly, “46% of children under age 18 (34.4 million) liveVIEW DOCUMENT
1794 words - 7 pagesPrescription drug abuse is one of the leading health problems facing the state of Oklahoma right now. In 2012 the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotic reported that 534 residents died from prescription drug overdoses and over half of those were from medication prescribed by their own doctors. Over the last five years abuse of prescription pain medication has increased at an alarming and shocking rate in Oklahoma. Narcotic pain medication is the desired drug of choice for many of our residents, causing a higher than average number of deaths by drug overdose. The state must find out what drugs people are seeking and where they are getting the these drugs while offering steps to make getting themVIEW DOCUMENT
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Drugs and Athletes:Why Athletes Should be Drug Tested RandomlyByLauren AlexanderProfessor WinstonEnglish Composition II10 November 2014From high school athletes, to college athletes, and then even to the professional athletes, drugs are being used. Some athletes are using dietary supplements; some are using recovery products; but then there are those who are using illegal drugs. There are many different types of illegal drugs that athletes are tested for, such as, performance-enhancing drugs, recreational drugs, and even abused prescriptiondrugs. OfVIEW DOCUMENT
925 words - 4 pages out of five teenagers do not currently use marijuana, and half of teenagers (56 percent) report that they have never tried it.Prescription Narcotic drugs are the most used and abused medicine. In 2002, almost 30 million people 12 years and older in the United States had used prescription pain killers non-medically in their time.The smoke from cannabis contains all the toxic constituents of smoke including irritants, tumor initiator, tumor promoters and carcinogens, and carbon monoxide.Methamphetamine is dangerous not only to the meth user but to society at large. It's estimated that every pound of methamphetamine produced leaves behind 5 to 7 pounds of toxic waste.72% of teen pregnancies are caused by drug and alcohol and 48% of them don't use protection so the risk is greater of contracting STD's.VIEW DOCUMENT
549 words - 2 pagesAddictionAddiction can occur more easily to some individuals than others. Not only is it the addictive power of the substance, may it be drugs, alcohol, or even caffeine, but it is also depends on the individual and the individual's environment. Humans have always had a curiosity in experimenting with things that alter them both mentally and physically. It is just human nature. This is how many addictions occur, mainly drug and alcohol addiction.There is an array of different drugs, prescription and non-prescription. Addiction can occur in a number of ways. If and individual is using prescriptiondrugs, such as Ritalin, and they are taking doses higher than recommended theyVIEW DOCUMENT
740 words - 3 pages one illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drug. Many young people think it takes years for drugs to cause significant damage to their bodies, this is not true. No matter their age, any first time user of cocaine can suffer from a sudden heart attack due to sudden changes in cardiovascular function (Facts on File, 2007). There are also those who believe it is safer to use prescriptiondrugs vs. illicit drugs. In actuality, 45% of overdose deaths are caused by prescriptiondrugs as opposed to 39% for amphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine combined (Foundation for a Drug Free World, 2014). In many cases, victims of prescription drug overdose have a history of drug abuse, and doVIEW DOCUMENT
2080 words - 8 pagesKrysta HovendonMs. DunnCIS University Writing20 April 2011Prescribed to AbuseFor years, drug abuse has touched and destroyed lives in America. With illicit drugs sold on street corners and millions of abusers all over the country, it’s hard to realize that recently it’s been the legal drugs that do the damage. According to David Hosansky, a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, about 2.1 million prescriptions were written for youths in 2002 (12). This is in comparison to the meager 50,000 prescriptions in 1992. With the amount of prescription drug abuse on the rise, society wonders, why.? AndVIEW DOCUMENT
648 words - 3 pages="Substance abuse">drug misuse can also be present if they use it the wrong way or if they take something illegal. Experts claim that society teaches people that many illnesses and difficulties can be resolved by taking pills or other medications. I truly agree with this statement because a lot of teenagers have problems with families and others and they want to overcome that, so they use what is called a drug. Some drugs are illegal and some are not. Prescription and "Over the counter" medicine aren't illegal and are used to cure or treat diseases and difficulties. Some just take the illegalVIEW DOCUMENT
1341 words - 5 pages for the past eighteen years.
During my twenty years of Law Enforcement I have learned how dangerous drugs are to the economy. They damage your body and drug abuse also has a huge economic impact on the country.
In the United States there are two types of drugs legal and illegal. The legal drugs have two subcategories, prescription and over the counter. Prescriptiondrugs are placed into different categories called schedules. The ones that have a highest chance for abuse or addiction have a higher place in the schedule. Schedule I drugs are the drugs that have no safe or accepted medical use in the United States. Examples are heroin, marijuana, LSD, PCP, and crack cocaine. As youVIEW DOCUMENT
3625 words - 15 pagesDrug Abuse among College StudentsCollege students are more likely to have problems with alcohol abuse or with alcoholism rather than with drug abuse or dependence; however, drug abuse is also a problem for many students. Some students are illicit abusers of prescriptiondrugs, while others use illegal drugs: marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Peer pressure and/or loneliness or other factors may lead college students to substance abuse, although some students had previously abused alcohol and/or drugs in high school.In general, college students have a lowerVIEW DOCUMENT
1552 words - 6 pages The cost of prescriptiondrugs in America has risen to the level that most Americans could not afford them with out the help of an insurance plan. The greedy and capitalistic pharmaceutical companies rely on the United States to fund the future development of drugs with skyrocketing prices and enormous margins. Recently the issue has extended into the mainstream political arena, thanks in part to the new Medicare bill(2). With the push by congress for the importation of drugs from foreign sources, regardless of the potential long and short term consequences, the time to vocally support health care reform is upon the American public.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatesVIEW DOCUMENT
833 words - 3 pages keep track of patient prescription information. Missouri is the seventh highest state in drug overdose death rate in the country, and the majority of these are from prescription drug use. Without a prescription drug monitoring program in our state, the drug abuse trend will continue to grow. Prescription drug abuse is a devastating form of addiction; many people are prescribed medicines in order to treat anxiety or to treat pain from surgeries or injuries. While the intention for these drugs is to be helpful, they are highly addictive and can lead to death by overdose.
According to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, approximately 3,200 people in Missouri seek treatment for aVIEW DOCUMENT
1258 words - 5 pagesI. Introduction
Prescriptiondrugs and their harmful effects are not a new occurrence. Heroin was first introduced as a non-addicting cough medicine in 1898. Time progresses and knowledge matures. Heroin was quickly discovered to be harmful, as well as the most addicting drug to date. Doctors in that time period stopped prescribing heroin, because of the harmful nature. Yet doctors in this day still prescribe drugs with endless lists of side effects. The bulk of our society, nearly 70 percent, takes at least one prescription drug (“Study”).
An article compiled by Worst Pills, a website specializing in describing prescriptiondrugs, presented may statistics about prescribed medicationsVIEW DOCUMENT
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Pattern of risk factors: All prescriptions were analysed for presence of risk factors for atherosclerosis (history of smoking, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, renal insufficiency, history of ischemic heart disease or cerebrovascular disease), smoking cessation efforts and advice regarding exercise. Ankle brachial index (ABI) was documented if present on prescription.
Pattern of drug prescription: prescription of drugs for modification of atherosclerotic risk factors (aspirin, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and lipid lowering drugs) and for intermittent claudication (cilostazol and pentoxyphylline) was recordedVIEW DOCUMENT
1493 words - 6 pages Drug and alcohol abuse is a problem no matter who you are, where you are, your age. When you think of drug abuse most people think of illegal or street drugs. But in a growing society where it seems doctors are competing for ones business prescriptiondrugs have also become a growing concern.
In 2000 statistics show that 14 million Americans were currently using illicit drugs. (Adolescent substance abuse knowledge base, 2007) The study also showed of the 14 million users 6.3% were 12 years or older. (Adolescent substance abuse knowledge base, 2007) When I read this statistic I thought wow something needs to happen to stop this type of behavior. As I will describe there are longVIEW DOCUMENT
686 words - 3 pages alcohol and tobacco, but to prescriptiondrugs as well. Drugs prescribed by doctors are intended to help cure people, but in fact, those prescribed drugs can be just as dangerous as non-prescribed substances. This is proven because legal prescriptiondrugs kill over 100,000 people every year.
The cause for the prohibition of all drugs is not based solely on the deaths. Addiction is also existent in all drugs, even supposedly safe drugs like caffeine. Think about the amount of caffeinated soda is sold every year in the United States or how about how many people need a cup of coffee every morning just to be able to function? Addiction is a disease, if addicts don’t recognize their disorderVIEW DOCUMENT
900 words - 4 pages pharmaceuticals come from, what they are made with or what the hidden consequences of abusing them are. Because of this, and the fact that most parents don’t expect their kids and teenagers to get addicted on these ‘pharmas’, they don’t usually tell their kids to avoid them as they would with street drugs. As well as this we now know that legal drugs cause more problems leading to new problems which require more legal drugs. This is probably known as one of the most deadly consequences as many of the prescriptiondrugs are experimental, and haven’t really proven to be effective against problems our bodies encounter. Most of them are somewhat effective at masking important symptoms that tell usVIEW DOCUMENT