Drug Abuse And The Drug Industry

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Over the past years, we have seen that there is an increasingly amount of people that are taking some sort of prescription drug. Most people take them because their doctor has prescribe the medication, but also because people tend to feed off of what 's being told to them through the media. Propaganda through advertising has even influenced consumers, convincing them that they may have a certain medical condition, just in order for the buyer to get the drug prescribed. But when does the line cross on prescription drugs? When does it become abuse? In this paper I plan on describing why drug abuse and addiction to prescription drugs is growing in our society and how the pharmaceutical drug industry is feeding off it, and how it effects normal people like us.
According to the NIH (national institute of drug abuse) “prescription and over the counter drugs (OTC) are commonly abused by Americans 14 years old and older” (NIH). Most medications prescribed by doctors have a mind altering effect, furthermore becoming addicted if taken for other reasons than what the drug was intended and or prescribed to do. The most common abused drugs are opioid pain relievers, stimulants for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and central nervous system (CNS) depressants for relieving anxiety. The most commonly abused OTC drugs are cough and cold medicines. ("National Institute on Drug Abuse”).
Prescription drug abuse, while most common in the US, is a problem in many areas

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