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The definition of abuse of prescription drugs 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 with
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clinical trial to assess efficacy. FDA also states it expects to see drug-mediated weight reduction demonstrated to result from a loss of body fat verified through advance screening tools. From a safety perspective, the FDA states the drug should not adversely affect cardiovascular function particularly highlighting cardiac valvulopathy.
2. Has FDA’s grounds for rejecting the NDAs of prescription diet pills in the last 10 years been based on safety/efficacy concerns?
In 2010 alone, three drugs reviewed by the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC) have failed to gain approval. EMDAC felt each drug (naltrexone/bupriopion, lorcaserin and phentermine/topiratate) had
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In the U.S there has been an increase in the use of prescription drugs; 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 prescription drugs 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). Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illegal street drugs when misused. Prescription drug abuse is responsible for 475,000 emergency
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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 misuse of selling them, or by over use. Many different types of prescription drugs are very addictive and used out of control. They can have some serious effects on a person.
Why does so many people abuse prescription drugs? Some will say it is safer than street drugs since it is FDA approved. Is it because prescription drugs 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 the
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Eckhart Tolle once said “Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to- alcohol, food, legal, or illegal drugs, or a person- you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain.” As time continues to past the amount of people that misuse or abuse prescription drugs increasing rapidly. This has become a huge issue with teens because they are always looking for a way to fit in with their peers. Drugs are misused for many different purposes because of the way today’s society is set up.
As an alternative to practicing more or studying to improve in
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the effect that the trade gap has on the economy. In example according to the magazine the Economist, So far in the year 2004 we have spent $145 billion more on imports from other countries than we have received from exports. $145 billion, is a great amount of money that we are giving to other countries and not keeping here in the US. If we agree to this resolution this figure will only increase. The trade gap has been gradually increasing over the years and recently our goal 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 prescription drugs from other countries we will just send more and more money out of our
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There are many direct to consumer advertising for prescription drugs. On television, magazines, radio etc, you see the most recent advertisements for prescription drugs. After some people see the advertisements they soon rush over to their doctor and their illness and life would be perfectly pain and stress free. Making the public conscious of options for treatment is not a bad thing. But these false advertisements are misleading consumers onto unnecessary treatment.
Advertisements have one primary purpose that is to persuade. Prescription medications Ads tell the consumers to get treatment and also imply that they have the need for it to solve their problems. Since prescription
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Essay - Amanda GoransonPrescription drugs come in many forms, in order to help relieve individuals of their symptoms. Each individual has a unique chemical make-up that will affect how their bodies react to different forms of chemical substances contained within the formulary make-up of prescription drugs.A particular drug may cause hyperactivity in one individual while at the same time that same exact drug may cause another individual to fall asleep. It is extremely important that the directions given with the drug are followed closely and that if any adverse reactions occur, the administrating doctor is notified as soon as possible.Let us visualize that a heavy equipment operator was
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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 prescription drugs: 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 prescription drugs: pain relievers (opioids), depressants, stimulants, and sedatives (Prescription Drug Abuse, 2011). Out of these, pain
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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 the
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In recent years criminologists have seen an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin. These drugs are nonetheless dangerous, widespread, and potent, however; they do not reign king in the context of epidemic or rampant proportions. In popular opinion the most ruthless drug is Methamphetamine, also known as meth, ice, crystal, crank, or speed. In earlier times meth was popular among rural more poverty stricken areas, now it invades urban areas as well. This is a problem, which is hard to contain and control.
It is hard to understand the dangerousness and why meth is so rampant without first examining the history of the drug and how it emerged into society. Meth is an
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The misuse of prescription drugs among college students is a growing problem for this generation. There are more students taking non-prescribed prescription drugs 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. Prescription drugs are just as dangerous
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Canadian’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 the
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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 prescription drugs. 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 doctor
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For 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 prescription drugs over the past year (Brown, Chaitkin, 1981); consequently, prescription pain killers have
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Prescription drug abuse has become increasingly prevalent among teens in the county. There has been an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs for a number of reasons. Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs 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 by
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Almost 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 prescription drugs, and 825 are nonmedical prescription drug users. 1 in 10 drug abusers actually get treatment for abuse. Prescription drugs sales have quadrupled over the last 15 years. Around 75-90% of overdoses are accidental, 20% are suicide
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People 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 prescription drugs without even knowing how or why they are addicted. The number of people addicted to prescription drugs has risen substantially throughout the years. "About 6.2 million Americans, including disproportionately high numbers of young people and the elderly, abuse prescription drugs, according to government data released in September. More than 14.5 million people report they've taken such drug for non
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When 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 lost
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Prescription 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 prescription drugs are very addictive and used out of control. They can have some serious effects on a person.
Why does so many people abuse prescription drugs? Some will say it is safer than street drugs, since it is FDA approved. Is it because prescription drugs are easier to get a hold of and sometimes cheaper? Some believe it is safe for
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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 a
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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 prescription drugs, 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 had
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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 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
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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 prescription drugs than ever before. Teenagers use prescription drugs because they are less obvious than street drugs. The survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows young adults 18 to 25 are using more prescription drugs illicitly (Kornblum, 2008, pg. 3a). Teenagers are using cocaine, crack, and other street drugs
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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 prescription drugs 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.
Government agencies have
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Drugs, 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 derived
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Examining 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 as
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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 or
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distribution chain, not the bottom.” He goes on to state that Florida will, “target the sources of these drugs before they hit the streets.” (Qtd. in House Subcommitte Looks at Prescription Drug Abuse Diversion, 2011) The Governor of Florida also expressed that there would be new laws created that do not allow physicians to dispense medication or have ownership of pharmacies.
Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky says, “Our efforts are not enough, because illicit drug users have found supplies in other states with looser regulations, and we are not equipped to stop that.” (Qtd. in House Subcommitte Looks at Prescription Drug Abuse Diversion, 2011) Kentucky is home to a PDMP called KASPER, which was
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"Health care costs have skyrocketed over the last several years. The high cost of prescription drugs 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 prescription drugs". (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 their prescription medications. Thirty-one percent of low-income seniors said they dealt with this
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Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act were racially motivated. These drug laws have greatly decreased the use of drugs like crack/cocaine and heroin but prescription drugs are still an ever increasing problem.
Marijuana, acid, and heroin were being used liberally in the 1960s by a generation that embraced drugs as part of a new cultural movement. Later in 1969, studies would link drug use with crime. People looked to the government to aid the situation. In 1970, the Narcotics Treatment Administration was founded to try to control drug use. That same year President Richard Nixon established the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, he coined it “the war on drugs
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Prescription Drug Abuse among Teenagers ( 12-17 Years)
Prescription Drugs 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 through
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Coms 225 Argumentation
Drug overdoses are an unfortunate reality that can only be controlled to a certain extent with illegal drugs. Prescription drugs though are legally attained and “outweigh illegal drug overdoses immensely (Strategies to stop the Epidemic).” So why are the legal pharmacy medications killing more Americans than illegal narcotics, which are made in unregulated labs containing far more hazardous chemicals? In California specifically there are in fact a lot of contributing factors as well as a growing number of laws set up to fight this uphill death toll, but who is really to blame?
Prescription drug overdoses are on the rise and the public wants answers as to why
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The use of prescription drugs 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 prescription drugs. I will also discuss various methods that are used to obtain excessive amounts of prescription drugs 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.In 1999, an
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One person dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose in the United States. In an effort to fight the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs the Food and Drug Administration are trying to get new restrictions on some of the more popularly prescribed narcotic drugs that are currently on the market. (CNN)
In 1999 it has been found that buying of prescription drugs quadrupled, and the deaths from prescription painkillers quadrupled also; every 19 minutes somebody dies in the United States from a prescription drug overdose. From 1996 to 2001, Purdue conducted more than 40 national pain-management and speaker training conferences at resorts in RoHda, Arizona, and California. In
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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 prescription drugs.
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Fueling Drug Costs in Today's WorldIn today's world, prescription drugs 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 prescription drugs 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 a high dependence on prescription drugs? What's causing the increase in drug cost? The answer to these questions may at first seem complex; however it is quite simple if you take a look at what's behind "rising drug
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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, prescription drugs 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 for
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as of 2013 and 155,235 Nebraska beneficiaries enrolled in PDPs as of 2012 (Ehealthmedicare.com).
The second option is Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PDs). MA-PDs offer hospital, medical and prescription drug coverage under one policy, perhaps an HMO or PPO. “To join a Medicare Advantage plan, you must have Part A and Part B” (Medicare & You 2014).
What is covered with Medicare Part D? “Medicare Part D must cover all commercially available vaccines (like the shingles vaccine) to prevent illness, except for vaccines covered under Part B” (Medicare & You 2014). This is important in preventing illnesses in the elderly. Insulin and insulin syringes; and smoking cessation drugs
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sucking on pacifiers and drinking large amounts of water. Other medical effects include: (a) involuntary muscle tension (b) hypothermia (c) seizures. Since the user most of the time does not know the actual ingredients in the pill they have taken, often the pills will have near fatal consequences. Ecstasy is has become a serious problem among adolescents.Non-medical use of prescription drugs has also become worse. These are easily obtainable because most of the time a user will get them through someone to whom they have been prescribed. The most abused prescription drugs are oxycodone, methadone, and morphine. Teen Caucasian girls make up the majority of the users of these drugs. In 2001
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Marketing and advertisement is looked at as a staple in the western world; something that is necessary for our society to function. However many detractors perceive it to be a negative aspect because it shows false images, gives unrealistic expectations, and markets destructively to impressionable kids (Jensen). A specific instance of this criticism includes; whether prescription drugs should be advertised to consumers. Critics believes since there is a possibility of people being addicted to drugs, that they consumers should not have the authority taking drugs on their own. Also critics think that “Selling prescription drugs like soap makes a mockery of a medical school education
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addiction has been increasing dramatically over the past 30 years; over 50 percent of young adult between 18 and 21 admitted to using drugs. The addicts group has a tendency of becoming younger in age, a research of Medical News in 2011 shows 28 percent of 8th graders admit to smoking marijuana; over 30 percent of the high school student use marijuana regularly. The article believes smoking marijuana is the first step toward addiction for more severe drugs. Not only the “common drugs” we know, addiction to prescription drug is also a rising issue among teenagers. For young adults, it is more convenient to get prescription drugs because over 60 percent of American family has at least one
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Heiby, E. M. (2002). Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: Can Differing Views Be Reconciled?. Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 58(6), 589-597.
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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.
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coverage. This interests me because prescription drugs 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 prescription drugs. Furthermore, the elderly and disabled populations are particularly reliant on prescription drugs and have some of the least means to purchase them (Huh, Rice
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can be addicting. One is a prescription drug. Prescription drugs 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 many depressants are taken, a persons heart could slow down so much that the person could die.Inhalants are another type of drug. It is either smelled or sniffed. Inhalants can be found around the everyday house like in glue, gas, and
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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 illegal drugs to unwind or to relax, but they don't know what harms it can cause to their body. Illegal drugs don't cure, they make more. Advertising, media, music, and TV all
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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 prescription drugs. Of these three categories of illegal drugs, they each have several varieties of illegal drugs that fall within each category
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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 prescription drugs 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) live
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AddictionAddiction 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 prescription drugs, such as Ritalin, and they are taking doses higher than recommended they can become
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Prescription 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 them