Non Medical Use Of Prescription Drugs Among Treatment Essay

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Non-medical use of prescription drugs among treatment seeking population in Singapore: the impact on life and services (temp title)
Asharani PV, Mythily Subramaniam, Edimansyah Bin Abdin, Guo Song, Christopher Cheok
Prescription medications have improved the overall well beings of patients worldwide with many new drugs hitting the market in the past decade. These drugs which are prescribed by the general practitioners and specialist to treat various ailments were diverted and abused by people leading to the inception of a drug epidemic that prompted centre for disease control to declare the condition as a “public health epidemic”, under its priority projects. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million people in the US abuse prescription drug which is 50 times higher than heroin (Fischer, Rehm, Patra, & Cruz, 2006; Joseph A. Califano, 2005).
Among the prescription drugs, opioids, central nervous system depressants and stimulants are the most commonly abused drugs through diversion (Centre for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, 2009; National institute on Drug Abuse, 2015a). Hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine are the most abused prescription analgesics in overdose deaths (Warner, Chen, Makuc, Anderson, & Minino, 2011). The perception that the prescription drugs (PD) are legal as it is prescribed by the doctor and the acceptance of opiates for medical use are cited as common reasons contributing to abuse (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,

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