PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
An area of drug abuse that needs to be talked about more is teen prescription drug abuse. Research shows that teens and young people, in general, are abusing prescription drugs with growing prevalence, and that is something to be worried about.
The drug addiction “scene” in the United States has changed much since the turn of the century. While drug crime of the twentieth century always involved back-alley dealings, gangs, trafficking cartels, and an all-out war against all of the above, drug abuse and drug crime of today wears a different face.
Just this past week, we had a mother call the Narconon Arrowhead’s Drug Rehabilitation and Education Helpline. She was from Bentonville, AR desperately asking for help with her son’s addiction. Apparently, the son had an old sports injury causing him some major pain which leads to his Doctor prescribing an opioid therapy and it wasn’t long before her son was abusing the drug, which isn’t surprising considering that 1 in 5 people prescribed opioids by their Doctor get addicted.
Street opiates and doctor prescribed opiates are both opium based drugs and extremely addictive. However, street opiates are easier to attain as a prescription is not needed and are usually injected intravenously, producing a much deadlier effect.
My head was a little swimmy. I was a little nauseous. My face was numb. It felt like I had on a pair of those wax lips you could buy as I could touch them and only feel a slight pressure in recognition of my finger.
The cause of most addiction cases I have seen so far begins with the simplest action, a visit to the local Doctor. Doctors prescribe narcotic pills before other alternatives are given, for example, I myself used to have a personal struggle with anxiety an issue many people face all over the world. I went to two doctors and both of the doctor’s first reaction was to prescribe me with Valium.
Prescription painkillers are a growing problem in this country as the opioid epidemic only continues to become worse. The increasing number of prescriptions being written is adding to this figure and so is the occurrence of abuse and addiction to these drugs.
Prescription drugs are being prescribed now more than ever before and unfortunately, more people are also becoming addicted to them. Painkillers are by far the most addictive as they are used to help alleviate pain, but the body builds a tolerance over time and as a result, abuse of them occurs.
Opiate abuse has become an epidemic as more people are treating pain with prescription drugs and becoming dependent on them. The most prescribed drugs are oxycodone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone, which are all highly addictive and can have deadly consequences.
Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic and a chronic problem that has highly addictive properties, similar to those in heroin. This abuse can then lead to an addiction to heroin as it is more accessible since you do not need a prescription.