How To Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

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In the United States alone, over fifteen million people abuse prescription drugs. Due to the rise in prescription drug abuse, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have declared the abuse as a crisis. A common misconception about prescription drugs is that many people believe that they are safer than illegal drugs, such as heroin. However, prescription drugs are only safe in the doses prescribed. If taken obsessively, then the drugs have the potential to be just as dangerous as illegal substances. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opiates, better known as painkillers, which have been readily available to abusers and requires little effort to attain. More needs to be done to limit prescriptions…show more content…
Advertising for prescription opiates overlooks the fact that they are addictive. In a world filled with technology, advertisements are everywhere. It is nearly impossible for many people to get through the day without hearing at least one commercial. In the past several years, drug companies have begun to advertise their products. Designed to appeal to the public, most ads do not disclose their faults. However, in the dawn of the opioid crisis, states are beginning to question the lack of acknowledgment of their drug’s addictive history. The city of Chicago has sued several pharmaceutical companies over misleading advertising. While some companies have reached an agreement to disclose the risk of addiction with their products, advocates believe this does not solely make a large impact on improving the opiate crisis. Adriane Fugh-Berman, professor of pharmacology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, claims, "Maybe it's a first step, but I think counting on pharmaceutical companies to get us out of this opioid mess is not likely to be successful,” (qtd. in Bernstein). Advocates agree, solely relying on pharmaceutical companies will not solve the opioid
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