Gunnar Monical. Professor Greg Murray. Egl 101-13. 17 March
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Professor Greg Murray
17 March 2017
Pills aren’t Thrills
In the hectic pill-popping world we live in today, around 6.5 million people in the U.S. currently abuse prescription medication and out of those 6.5 million, 4.5 of those people abuse pain relievers according to Nova Science Publishers (Greer). Codeine, oxycodone, Adderall, and Xanax just to name a few of the favorites among abusers (Fahey and Miller). These medications can end up on the streets and in the hands of party-goers looking for a “good time”. Dangerous pills such as those listed above can be quite useful by people with authentic medical conditions such as anxiety and ADHD, but also have the power to be abused by teenage party goers that crave a…show more content…
This was a vicious cycle then and still is a vicious cycle now. With doctors handing out prescriptions, such as opiates nonchalantly to patients that have minor conditions such as a pulled muscle, it is more than likely fueling drug abuse like gasoline to a fire. Although, if someone has ever had to receive medication that requires more effort than grabbing it off of the convenience store shelf, realize that pharmacists now cannot legally distribute prescription medication without one 's’ personal prescription. The Encyclopedia of Alcohol and Drugs in North America also notes that Vicodin and Xanax earn the title as two of the most commonly prescribed drugs distributed by doctors and also reside as the most commonly abused prescription drugs in United States.
Deemed as socially acceptable when used for non-medical reasons, prescription drugs such as amphetamines commonly infiltrate college campuses. As a college student, it isn’t uncommon to be overwhelmed with the piles of homework and tests to study for. It also isn’t uncommon to hear about students using non prescribed amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin to aide in the process of studying for big exams and finals. Although studies show that Ritalin and Adderall could be beneficial in small doses to treat children with attention deficit disorder, students that use large amounts of these