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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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Norfleet, M. (2002). Responding to Society's Needs: Prescription Privileges for Psychologists. Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 58(6), 599-610.
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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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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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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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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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Drug 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 prescription drugs, 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 lower risk of using illicit substances than their peers who do not attend college; for example, college students were much
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Krysta 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.? And Wwith numbers like these, it’s not hard to draw the lineto answer that question. Today’s
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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. Prescription drugs 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 you
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The cost of prescription drugs 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) regulates
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, such as liver failure from Hepatitis C or other liver disease, immunodeficiency from HIV/AIDS, or heart failure from cardiovascular conditions. However, death from drug abuse can also be an immediate consequence to a night gone wrong. Many people feel that their coordination, motor skills, and reaction time are not as effected by drugs as with alcohol. Therefore, they still decide to drive. In 2009, (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009) found that 18% of fatally injured drivers tested positive for at least 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
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Prescription drugs 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 prescription drugs, presented may statistics about prescribed medications
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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 prescription drugs 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 us
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, manufacturing, and quality control of the drugs dispense at any pharmacy has positive externalities that varies from affordable access to the general population to low-cost prescription drugs, to access to preventive health care medicine and vaccinations at reasonable prices. The impact of this positive externality is visible in the economy in the sense that the business thrives when it allows pharmacies to offer drugs at prices that are regulated by the government. Another positive externality is that by offering drugs at affordable prices the patient's health will improve cutting costs in long-term medical treatments. (Study of regulatory restrictions in the field of pharmacies, 2008)A negative
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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 prescription drugs 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 long
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What is the Problem?How should the issue of teenage drug abuse be handled? Prescription drugs are very popular amongst teenagers. Some teenagers have been known to abuse prescriptions drugs and possibly become addicted to them at a very early age. Some teens have turned to drugs for various reasons which may include peer pressure, family relationships, or sometimes wanting to relieve themselves of stress. There is no real answer to explain exactly why teenagers decide to abuse prescription drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's 2003 Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders found that 10.5 percent of 12th graders reported using Vicodin for non-medical
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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.
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they are our future and we have to set them up for success.
Our society today, definitely has a drug culture feel to it because of the music industry, film industry, and the overall attitude of the world helps mold the teens of today into thinking that it is okay to abuse drugs. Today, a person can rarely find a song that does not have a reference to smoking marijuana, taking prescription pills, or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Within films, they are producing films about having the wildest parties, drinking with all your friends, and taking drugs without thinking about the consequences. The youth of today refer to partying as getting “turnt up”, which means “thee act of getting
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-medical use of prescription drugs has become an increasingly widespread and serious problem in the country."People are not doing a very good job for the continuing generation. People in the public eye such as Ozzy Osborne, has admitted to having an addiction and a problem with medicine, specifically painkillers. He's grown so dependent upon the medicine, I'm sure he's forgotten why he started taking it in the first place. Currently he's suing his doctor for the side effects the medication gave him through prolonged consumption. Many in the public eye currently are being prosecuted for having illegal drugs in their possession. An example of Americans dependent upon medication would be, a five-year
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payments were calculated. All Americans 65 and over and all disabled people are entitled to Medicare coverage. If their HMO has gone out of business or has their rates are too high, they can also go to the basic Medicare coverage with everything perfect but there would be no cover of prescription drugs. One might wonder why the HMOs are not simply being given more money, but that is because they no longer have prescription drugs included in their plans and the agency also thinks that money could be managed more efficiently. The situation now is that less than half of the beneficiaries have extra benefits and the agency doesn't want to pay them extra for just some of the beneficiaries.In
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. Some controlled drugs are allowed if you have permission from a doctor. This is called a prescription.
The penalty for drug use when caught is different everywhere. Drugs like marijuana, if caught with, can result in as little as fifteen days in jail and up to life in prison. I feel like the penalty for some drugs that are less dangerous than others can be a little extreme considering some people can get less time for committing crimes like murder. To me, there should be punishment for the possession of drugs but more reasonable ones. People, who commit a murder, even if accidental, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol should receive life in prison if it were my choice. Crimes like
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reactions are not harmful, some substances may reduce or cancel the effect of another, which may or may not be a disadvantage.
Most doctors warn us about the side effects of drugs and how they may interact with each other. However, some of us do not inform our doctors about every over-the-counter (OTC) medication or supplement we are taking, which may interact with prescription drugs. Most of us also presume that OTC medications are probably safe, since one does not need a prescription to buy them. And when unexpected symptoms take place and we consult the doctor, we sometimes omit information, such as that of taking self-prescribed medications.
It is common for patients with chronic
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. And just because a drug is approved in a foreign country that doe not mean it is approved in the United States. Regulations vary from country to country and without international guidelines, which takes time and money as well, the FDA can only be held responsible for those drugs marketed and sold inside the United States borders. (fda.gov)
"Once an FDA-approved prescription drug is exported for sale in another country, it is no longer subject to U.S. requirements and it can no longer be monitored by U.S. regulators," Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson wrote in a letter to Senator James Jeffords. "In addition, it may not have the U.S. approved labeling. Instead it may
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that are popular are stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, cannabis, steroids, and prescription drugs. Stimulants affect the person’s mood when using this drug. It also provides alertness and increases your energy (Macionis, 2010). Examples of stimulants are Caffeine, Nicotine, Cocaine and Crack. Caffeine is one of the most popular drugs used in the United States. Caffeine provides energy and alertness in other drinks other than just coffee such as, tea, soda, chocolate drinks, and energy drinks. Caffeine usage depends on the situation you are facing such as college students facing an exam or a long distance truck driver may need caffeine to stay awake for alertness (Macionis, 2010