Drug Abuse On The United States

1344 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
Drug Abuse on the Rise in the Community “In 2014, nearly two million Americans either abused or were dependent on prescription opioid pain relievers (“Injury Prevention and Control: Opioid Overdose,” 2016.)” The CDC is now saying that the United States is in an epidemic. The purpose of this paper is to explore the increasing drug use in the United States over the last decade. The primary focus is on the administration of opioid analgesics and the addicting mechanisms of these medications, and what they are used for. It will talk about the deaths related to these medications and the health effects, and the other types of drugs these medications can lead to, such as heroin. This paper will also talk about the costs related to opioid analgesics in the hospitals and in the community, and what we as health care providers can be doing to help stop this epidemic.

Drug Abuse on the Risk in the Community
Opioid analgesics, also known as narcotic analgesics, and are used as pain relievers that act on the central nervous system; these drugs can have very addicting mechanisms involved. “According to the centers for disease control and prevention, prescription drug abuse has reached “epidemic” proportions, deaths from prescription drugs, particularly opioid analgesics, now vie with automobile accidents as the most common cause for accidental death (Herzberg, Guarino, Mateu-Gelabert, Bennett, 2016).” Throughout the last decade there have been more deaths and addiction…
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