Pain Killers

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Pain Killers COM 220 2/21/10 Even though people do not believe they are addicted, painkillers are addicting because painkillers that are being misused are deadly and they are a hard habit to break. Many people are using and abusing painkillers which are prescription drugs and some may say that they are not and will not admit it. The effects of prescription abuse are painfully obvious and needed at the same time. Having a habit can lead to painkillers being addicted and when they are being misused there can be a drug overdose and be fatal. People use narcotics to obtain other effects since small doses tend to make the user forget his or her troubles and experience pleasant sensations, but dependence on…show more content…
Enough damage will shut the body down and possibly kill you. Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind Marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. The National Institutes of health estimates that nearly 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non medical reasons. (topix.net) In 2000, about 43 percent of hospital emergencies admissions for drug overdoses (nearly 500,000) people happened because misused prescription drugs. (topix.net) Prescription drug abuse is increasing due to the availability of drugs. Some reasons there is an increase in prescribed drugs is because those who are prescribed to use them do not finish them or lock them up, and children take them and have easy access to online pharmacies. The younger people feel it is more safe then street drugs. Prescription drug abuse is generally the same between men and women except among 12 to 17 year olds. (topix.net) In this age group, research conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that females are more likely to use psychotherapeutic drugs for non medical purposes. (Prescription and Drug Abuse) Research has also shown that women in general are more likely to use narcotic pain relievers and tranquilizers for non medical purposes. The number of teens to young adults (ages 12 to 25) who are new abusers of prescription pain killers grew from 400,000
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