Cabinet Crook Essay

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Shauna was only 13 years old when she began partying with her 14-year-old sister, Summer. In late January of 2000, Shauna’s sister took her to a party at Rufus’ house, her 18-year-old friend. The girls were looking to party and experiment with drugs that night, and Rufus offered them a drug called OxyContin. He told the girls that it was “a muscle relaxer, then he said it was a different kind of Ecstasy” (Addicted). After taking the drug and passing out, Summer awoke to Rufus’ screams of her sister being dead. EMS was called but by the time they arrived, it was too late. Shauna had died of an OxyContin overdose. The sad truth about this is more and more teens are stealing prescription drugs ...view middle of the document...

Prescription medications are only intended for one person, the person the prescription was originally made out for. Kids that are under the impression that prescription drugs are safe believe this because children have not learned enough about prescription drugs to know how harmful they really are.
The abuse of prescription drugs and teens is growing at an alarming rate. About 1 in 5 teens have reported abusing prescription pain medication (Hayes). OxyContin for example, is a type of opioid drug that is normally prescribed to someone after a surgery to relieve pain. Oxy is specially designed to release the medicine over the course of the day, so it can be a good choice for a medication when used as a pain killer. But, unfortunately, Oxy is very similar to morphine and heroin and can be easily addicted to. According to the U.S. Department of health “From 1998 to 2000, the number of people entering an emergency room because of misusing …oxycodone (OxyContin) (rose) 108 percent…. The rates are intensifying: from mid-2000 to mid-2001, oxycodone went up in emergency room visits 44 percent”. The Department of health also says that “Over the past decade-and-a-half, the number of teen and young adult (ages 12 to 25) new abusers of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin)…has grown five-fold (from 400,000 in the mid-eighties to 2 million in 2000)” (Trouble in the Medicine Chest).
If you are a regular user of OxyContin, after time you will begin to develop a tolerance for the drug which will then in turn cause you to take a higher dosage to feel the effects (OxyContin Addiction). When this drug is used improperly, it can lead to a state of euphoria. OxyContin abusers normally develop this “tolerance” for the drug and need to take it in higher doses. But in larger doses, Oxy can cause the user to stop breathing, become nauseous or cause vomiting. The user may also be so drowsy that they may choke on their own vomit (OxyContin Addiction). The dangers of OxyContin include: the inability to make good decisions, extremely strong cravings for the drug, and users should not operate heavy machinery (OxyContin Addiction).
Taking these medications can be very harmful to your health. Central Nervous System depressants along with other medications can lead to a person’s respiratory and heart rates decreasing, and could lead to death (Van Vranken). Taking too much of stimulants can lead to a high body temperature, irregular heartbeat or seizure. It can also cause the user to become more aggressive (Van Vranken). The feelings that stimulants give to people makes them want to use the drugs more and more which makes the habit harder to break (Van Vranken). Over the counter drugs, or OTC drugs, are also being abused more. The most common is dextromethorphan, also known as DXM, which is found in cough medicines. When this drug is taken is large doses, it can lead to problems with your vision and hearing, cause stomach pains, confusion, numbness and...

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