Prescription Drug Abuse Is A Serious Problem

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Bailey Glanville
Mrs. Landgrebe
Advanced Composition/4
21 December 2014
Research Paper

Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in today’s society. Prescription drug abuse is taking medicine prescribed for someone else, for another purpose, a larger dose than prescribed, in a different way than one is specifically prescribed. (“Prescription Medline” par. 1). This includes using a prescription to get high by crushing, snorting, or injecting them (“Prescription Medline” par. 4 and 5). By using these methods to put them into the body, it gives a stronger high than by just consuming it (“Signs of Painkiller Abuse & Addiction” par. 2).
Even though prescription drug misuse and abuse can be found among all age groups, it is most common in
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1), which is approximately 20% of the entire US population (“Prescription Drug Abuse” par. 1). Prescription drug abuse may be most persistent in the US but is also a problem in many areas around the world “including Europe, Southern Africa, and South Asia” (“Prescription Facts” par. 2) In 2010, around “16 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for nonmedical reasons in the past year” (“Featured” par. 3). Addiction is a “chronic, often relapsing brain disease causing compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the person and people around them” (“Prescription Drug Abuse” par. 3). Abusing these drugs causes changes in the structure and function of the brain (“Prescription Drug Abuse” par. 3). Reactions vary between people when taking drugs because no person’s body chemistry is the same (“Prescription Facts” par. 4).
Signs, causes, and risk factors for drug abuse should be something everyone looks for. “Signs of prescription drug abuse include: stealing, forging, or selling drugs, excessive mood swings, poor decision making, and continually “losing” prescriptions to get more” (“Prescription” page 2). “Causes of prescription drug abuse are: to feel good or get high, relax or relieve tension, reduce appetite or increase alertness, maintain addiction/prevent withdraw, acceptance from peers/be social, or improve academic performance” and is
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