Prescription Drugs And The United States

1489 Words Nov 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Illegal drugs such as Heroin, Cocaine, and Meth, along with countless other narcotics place a heavy burden on the population of the United States, with an emphasis of distress on the youth. These drugs are extremely deadly. In 2014, 17,465 people died from overdoses in the United States alone. These drugs are illegal, and evidently for a very good cause. Transition The only problem is that there is an even deadlier factor that exist in today 's modern society, and that problem exists in the form of prescriptions written to millions of people each year from certified and legal doctors. In 2014 the same year stated above, 25,760 people in the United States died from overdoses from drugs that they received legally and often with good intentions, from family doctors that they know and trust (Bellware). That is over 8,000 more people dying from prescription drugs compared to illegal drugs. Prescription drug abuse is a problem in the United States and it is fueled by famous individuals, promotions by pharmaceutical companies and by doctors. When patients are prescribed to a medicine for low amounts of pain, they are usually prescribed daily use of anti-inflammatory pills such as ibuprofen or tylenol. For more severe pain, patients are often prescribed these pills in higher dosages, or even prescribed opiates such as vicodin or oxycontin (Meisel & Perrone). Anti-inflammatory pills are not as powerful as drugs such as opioids, but they present the risk of cardiovascular problems…
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