Prescription Drug Abuse

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Prescription drug abuse is a worldwide problem, and America is the leading country in prescription drug usage. “Americans account for 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone consumption, 80 percent of the world’s oxycodone consumption and 65 percent of the world’s hydromorphone consumption” (Elkins). Prescription drug abuse refers to using a drug prescribed by a medical professional without a prescription. Based on studies by the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, one of the top three most used drugs by teenagers is prescription medication. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report shows that twenty percent of students admitted to taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their lives” (“Editorial: Prescription Drug Use among Teens Troubling”). Teens are taking a huge risk not only in terms of legal consequences but also potential of overdose or death. The growing misuse of prescription medication among teens is quickly becoming America’s largest drug epidemic in history.
One of the most common ways teens get prescription drugs is through their parents. “The way most teenagers get prescription medication is by sneaking into their parent’s medicine cabinet and using them for recreational use” (“Editorial: Prescription Drug Use among Teens Troubling”). If teens can access prescription medication just by going through their parent’s medicine cabinet, then parents are not taking the correct precautions to owning

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