Across the world abusing prescription drugs causes more deaths than street drugs do combined (“International Statistics”). Prescription drugs are so easy to get ahold of and so easy to get addicted to. The misuse of prescription drugs have gotten out of hand. These drugs can cause unintentional overdoses easily. The misuse of prescription drugs can lead to addiction, affect the health of users in a dramatic way, and even cause death.
I. Importance: As American deaths from drug overdoses continue to rise in the United States, the nation is faced with a public health crisis so profound that in October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic to be a national public health emergency (Merica). President Trump’s declaration came after numerous studies indicating the danger opioid addiction posed; for example, a 2016 study entitled “Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths—United States, 2010-2015” claimed that drug overdose deaths “nearly tripled during 1999-2014,” reaching a startling high 52,404 deaths in 2015 (Rudd, et al). These statistics are more than just disturbing revelations regarding the opioid crisis; they are evidence of a serious problem that is rapidly affecting the lives of more and more Americans every year.
Over the past years, various issues have faced the United States of America in the health sector in general. Some of these challenges include difficulties in healthcare insurance policies, increasing cancer cases, elevated levels of misuse of prescription drugs, rise in the consumption of illicit drugs, inter alia. These issues have led to escalation of health issues to the American citizens, and in turn, affecting the economic status as well. This research will focus on the subject matter misuse, abuse, and addiction of opioid prescription drugs. It is a compelling issue of concern due to the crisis it has created, as it has made an extensive toll in the society on multiple levels; including
Over the years, the legal drinking age in the United States has been heavily debated. Some argue that the legal age to drink should be 18 or 19 because people at that age are recognized as adults; others argue that the drinking age should be 21 because people who are able to drink should be more mature and have their lives better planned out. Although people are legally adults at 18, they are not yet mature adults; in fact, according to NRP, “emerging science about brain development suggests that most people don’t reach full maturity until the age 25” (“Brain”). Before earning the right to legally drink, people should allow their bodies to fully develop and gain a better knowledge of how to organize their lives. The drinking age should remain
The sophomore school year has come to an end for Spencer Finnley. Leading into her junior year, Spencer Finnley- just like any other teenager was curious about trying new things, and that decision turned out to be the biggest regret in her life. Spencer Finnley deleterious decision started off, when she decided to go with her friend to an all-age club. Spencer Finnley gullible mind decided that she try a mixed drink for the first time, since “everybody else” was doing it. Spencer Finnley mind was too naive to understand the after affects that one drink might have on her life and when she had that one drink, her mind was too paralyzed by the alcohol to put in perspective that she was too young. From that drink, Spencer Finnley became an alcoholic
It is estimated that seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs (Rees at el. 2014). These prescription drugs range from anti-depressants to pain killers and give each person a different reaction. The concern about prescription drug use is not new knowledge. Many users become addicted to these drugs and could overdose because of it. In the United States, more people die because of opioid painkillers than the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined (Ress at el. 2014). Though opioids are popular in the drug world, there are hundreds of other prescription drugs that people abuse. These drugs are easily purchased and consumed on a daily basis. The easiest and most common way is purchasing the drugs on the street. The drug epidemic
How many prescription related deaths are there in a year? Statistics show there has been a tremendous increase in prescription drug related deaths. Prescription drugs have become easier to obtain, and the epidemic is on a rise. The number of deaths have tripled in the last twenty years, the number is up to 16,000 a year and it continues to increase. With the outbreak of prescription related deaths, young teens and people must recognize the signs of drug abuse and must recognize the problems this widespread causes.
Drug abuse is the habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs. A drug abuser doesn’t respect life because God gives every person on Earth an opportunity to have a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy relationships and some people take that for granted and hurt the bodies that God gave them. Many people have medical issues and need to use drugs to help them, but some people take too many prescription drugs and disobey their doctors. There are also people do it once or twice because they are peer pressured and want to fit in, but even people who do it once or twice get addicted and then their life turns into a drug life.
Over the past few decades, Substance use and abuse among adolescents has continued to be important public health concerns that contribute greatly to morbidity throughout globally. The present essay aimed to investigate the family role in the prevention of substance use in adolescents. For several years, substantial research efforts have been undertaken to understand the epidemiology of substance use and abuse. The knowledge gained from these research studies has been important in understanding and developing effective prevention and treatment approaches. According to various datasets, the prevalence of drug use, alcohol and tobacco increases rapidly
Teens who recover from abusing drugs, tend to relapse later on in life. Relapse is a return of a disease or illness after partial recovery from it. This certain relapse is where you go back to abusing drugs from a time period of recovery. There are many reasons why people relapse on drugs. One reason for relapsing on drugs is stress. Numerous of teens relapse because of the stress brought on by school, relationships, and home life. Another reason is being around social places where drugs are available. Unless the teenager is monitored day by day, they are likely to start back using drugs if seen passed around. Their thoughts will most likely turn back to their past actions and behavior patterns when they are around the people or places associated with their past drug use. Past friends can also have effect on you relapsing to drugs. Old companions who still utilize drugs will use peer pressure, teasing and manipulation to get a teen in early recovery to return to your old self. If an teen spends time thinking obsessively about how it felt to be high or telling addiction stories to friends about past drug use, this is an indication that relapse is imminent. Without drugs, many teens in recovery don’t know what to do with their spare time. A bored teen is a teen who is asking for trouble. This means the teen could possibly start back abusing drugs. In order to prevent that from happening, they can get together with a good positive group of friends and hang out
The Rockingham County Partnership for Success Grant awarded by, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use, aims to reduce prescription drug misuse among adolescents and young adults ages 12-25. The strategic plan for addressing prescription drug misuse in Rockingham County was a successful project for field based research. The strategic plan includes a logic model and action plan for Rockingham County Partnership for Success Grant and coalitions in Rockingham County to work together to address this problem. The logic model and action plan was completed by Chelsea Bullins, but is also a document for coalitions to use, contingent upon data sharing agreements.
Twenty three and a half a million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That's approximately one in every ten Americans over the age of twelve – roughly equal to the entire population of Texas. Only eleven percent of those with an addiction receive treatment. But before people get addicted to a drug, they must first try a drug. The real question is, why do people start using drugs? Research methods and sociologist have found many reasons why the average person starts to use and becomes addicted. In this essay I will research three different methods. For many teenagers, peer pressure and the environment they are surrounded by are the main cause for drug use. However, psychologists believe that drug abuse is hereditary. In my opinion, boredom or to escape, is the number one reason why people begin to use.
According to Timothy Wilens MD, there is “data indicating that 1 in 10 adolescents has a SUD [substance use disorder] . . . Roughly 80% experienced onset before age 25 years” (Wilens). With this large number of teens abusing drugs, the question of what the effects and consequences of drug abuse as a teen are becomes relevant. Specifically, identifying what the effects and consequences of teen drug abuse are through a scientific lense is important because drugs affect the body, brain, and its chemical balances.
Drug abuse is one of the top issues defying the country today particularly among the teenagers. Occurrences of drug and alcohol abuse and related anti-social behavior have massively expanded lately. This has become a matter of concern to the government, parents and teachers. Teens regularly try different things with an assortment of activities and substances. Unfortunately, this experimentation can prompt substance misuse and addiction. Measurements demonstrate that drug abuse is a developing issue among teenagers. Drugs should be forbidden all over the world because for teenagers it destroys their social life. On the other hand, many teenagers believe that it should remain because it helps them to cover from painful memories in their past. Despite the many causes and effects of drug abuse, two of the main causes are Lack of parent to child communication and low self-esteem and two of the main effects are Health problems and Behavioral problems.