Informative Speech Outline on Addiction to Prescription Drugs

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Informative Speech – Topical Orientation

General purpose: Addiction to prescription drugs
Specific purpose: To inform my audience about the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, some common drugs that cause abuse, and their effects and some common treatments.

Pattern: People living in today’s society must be aware about the dangers that prescription
Drugs can cause them, as well as the people around them.

Introduction:

* Attention : Is it possible that you or someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs?
* An estimated 48 million people according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime. According to

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e. .anti depressants as well as anti anxiety they can cause sexual disfunction weight gain fatigue. with the use of these drugs it’s a chance you can be physically uncoordinated for the first few days until you build your tolerance.
f. .stimulants can cause enhanced brain activity increase and llertness in energy elevated blood pressure increase heart rate increase respiration and sleep deprivation…. Ultimately these three drugs possess the same long term affect when abused; high potential for physical dependence and addiction.

3. Ways for physiciaisn patients and pharamasists to all play a role in identidying and preventing prescription drug abuse.
g. . physicians- ask about any and all drug abuse; screening for prescription drug use can be incorporated into routine medical visits. Take note of of rapid increases in the amount of medication needed.
f. patients follow directions and be aware of potential interactions with other drugs. Don’t just change your dose without discussing with your doctor first. Never use another persons prescription.

Transition: ..

B. . Why is prescription drug addiction on the rise?

1. Why is prescription drug addiction on the rise
a. Doctors don’t exactly know how many people are addicted to pain medication, but one of the reasons so many people are is the availability.
b. "Vastly more people…

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