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Prescription Drug Abuse Essay

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Is Prescription Drug Abuse an Epidemic?
Many people especially the younger generation, ages starting at twelve years old have turned to the abuse of prescription drugs. The most commonly misused prescription drugs are painkillers (opioids), antidepressants, and anxiety medication. People claim addiction is a choice, but according to science addiction is considered a brain disease due to the fact that it alters the brain permanently by changing the structure of the brain itself and how it works. Some say the huge sting made ...view middle of the document...

Data shows how quickly this trend of using prescription drugs non medically has becomes America’s newest epidemic.
The beginning of prescription drug abuse starts in the younger generation as young as twelve years old. The Partnership for a Drug Free America says that 2,500 teens a day abuse prescription drugs. Prescription drug addiction usually starts with experimentation. Teens are influenced by their peers to miss use prescription drugs so they can so called “Fit in”. An online survey says just over 28 percent of 12th graders have abused prescription drugs within the last twelve months, and that number just keeps rising.(School-based drug abuse. The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released a graph (Fig.1) showing the numbers of nonmedical use of pain relievers starting among persons aged 12 and older. Figure 1 demonstrates the intensity of prescription drug abuse, and how early children are beginning this abuse.

"Nonmedical use of pain relievers among persons aged 12 and older, by time of use and demographic characteristics, 2006 and 2007." Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs. Sandra M. Alters. 2009 ed. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Information Plus Reference Series. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 5 Apr. 2015.

Prescription drug abuse does not just start during your teen years, it can start at any time. There are many incidents that show your average adult becoming addict to prescription pain killers without even knowing it. After people begin taking these prescription painkillers legally, or prescribed by the physicians they start to become immune to them, forcing them to have to use more to subside the pain they are having. In most cases people are not prescribed painkillers for a long duration of time due to the long term affect they have on your body. When it is time for these individuals to stop taking prescription painkillers they find themselves addicted, unable to stop taking them, and craving for more. At this point is when people become abusers of prescription painkillers, one of the most. Most prescription drugs are highly addictive making it very easy to become an addict which only proves why prescription drugs have caused such a huge problem leading up to the now worldwide epidemic.
The ongoing craving for the “high” that comes from the misuse of prescription drugs is what keeps people wanting more, it is what caused the start to a worldwide epidemic. Most individual who begin to abuse these drugs are doing it to experience the pleasant feeling they give you. Approvimently 6.3 million Americans stated they are using prescription drugs for non-medical use according to Food and Drug Admin. It is commonly believed, according to a report released by the White House in 2011, that prescription drugs are less dangerous when abused than illegal drugs because they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (qtd. in "Substance Abuse a Serious Problem?'.") Is that why there has been a...

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