Prescription Drug Abuse Essay

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Katelyn Valdovinos
English 12
9 November 2017
Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
Does one know about the prescription drug abuse epidemic our country is currently facing? Prescription drug abuse doesn’t discriminate, as it affects people of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic status. So what is causing this Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic? A prescription drug also known as a pharmaceutical drug is used to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease. Prescription Drug Abuse is known for being commonly recognized in developing nations, due to regulations and availability of the drugs. An article in the December 2008 issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy, "Drugs and Development: The Global Impact of Drug Use and …show more content…

Pharmaceutical companies are all over this world, constantly showing how corrupt the industry is becoming and creating new data, and new advertisements, but what are these new pieces of data and advertisements? What are they saying? Prescription drug abuse has become a major health epidemic because of the increase use of prescribed drugs on college campuses, pharmaceutical companies misleading doctors and patients, and illegal trafficking.
The misuse of prescription drugs among college students has become an important public health concern over the past years due to increases in its’ widespread presence since the mid 1990s. In the article “A Rising Epidemic on College Campuses: Prescription Drug Abuse,” Clinton’s editorial team mentions that the epidemic has now spread to college campuses because students are being exposed to these drugs, using them for a variety of reasons. Xanax and Adderall are specifically the main drugs being used on these campuses. Xanax is a pill that treats anxiety and panic disorder, and Adderall is used to treat ADHD and make studying easier. A Miami student himself spoke upon his experiences with drugs on campus, “ I tried to study and put my all into this, but I surrendered and

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