Prescription Drug Abuse And Prescription Drugs

1487 WordsNov 24, 20156 Pages
Prescription Drug Abuse Prescription Drug Abuse has increased in an alarming rate over recent years! Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined. The abuse in prescription drugs in America goes back more than a hundred years ago. Prescription drug abuse is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited. Although prescription medications are intended to help individuals, they can sometimes become addictive and can induce serious side effects, changes in behavior, and even death. From personal experience I know how dangerous Prescription Drug Abuse can be. When I was younger, my brother Clay overdosed on Prescription Drugs. He went to a “pharm party,” also known as a “pill party.” He was found passed out in a bedroom, and was put in a car and taken to the hospital. He was then found to have no heartbeat and they had to cut off his clothes and had to do the difibulizer. He is now in rehab doing much better. Everyday in the United States 2,500 youth abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. Prescription drug abuse, while most prevalent in the U.S., is a problem in many areas around the world including Europe, Southern Africa, and Freesmeier 2 South Asia. In the United States alone, more than fifteen million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number who reported abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and
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