Prescription Drug Abuse. Did You Know That Prescription

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Prescription Drug Abuse Did you know that prescription drug abuse is one of the leading causes of death in the United States? “According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two-hundred and ninety people in the United States are killed by prescription drugs every day. (White)” That number is growing every year due to the lack of knowledge of prescription drugs and the potential harm they can cause. Many people are under the misconception that prescription drugs are safe because they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and they are prescribed by a doctor. Therefore, the drugs must be safe and could not possibly cause harm or be addicting. However, “the nonmedical use of prescription drugs is the fastest…show more content…
Did you know that giving medication to someone that was not prescribed that medication is illegal? It is also, illegal for someone to possess someone else’s prescribed narcotic medication. If caught with a narcotic medication that has not been prescribed to you, it is punishable by the courts and the person who possess the medication could be charged with a felony. It is important to refrain from sharing any medication that is prescribed to a certain individual. A prescription medication is prescribed to a person based on the needs of that individual. All medications can have different effects on each person and certain people can have bad reactions to different medications and they can contradict with other medications that person may be taking. That is why it is crucial that people only take medications that are prescribed to them where they can be regulated by a doctor. The most abused narcotic prescription medications are stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, and amphetamines, painkillers such as oxycontin, oxycodone, or hydrocodone, and tranquilizers such as Xanax or Vallum. Many times medications are mixed. One of the well-known mixes of prescription medications is called the “Holy Trinity” which involves taking a narcotic pain reliever, an anti-anxiety drug, and a muscle relaxant together. Mixing these medications together puts a person in
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