Almost 40,000 people die every year from overdosing on prescription medicine. Solutions to this overdose issue include alternate treatments, the disposal of leftover medicine and unused prescriptions, and providing Narcan to those using prescription medicine, which is a medicine to reverse an overdose. 58% of overdoses are caused by medicine. For 1 death: 10 people are admitted for treatment of drug abuse, 32 ER visits for drug abuse, 130 abuse prescription drugs, and 825 are nonmedical prescription drug users. 1 in 10 drug abusers actually get treatment for abuse.
Prescription drug abuse is responsible for 475,000 emergency departments visits a year (CDC, 2013). It has become easier for people to obtain prescription drugs. Prescription drugs sale especially opioid pain relievers have been increasing over the years. In 2010 the amount of opioid pain relievers sold could medicate every adult in the U.S (CDC, 2010). The increase in the sale distribution is also increasing rates of drug overdose rates, prescription misuses.
It may also be possible that the wrong drug could be prescribed to patients, which may cause undesired outcomes. Another possible problem could be different drug allergies that different patients may have. Certain components in the drugs ... ... middle of paper ... ...give reason for the patient’s family to sue the hospital. Carelessness is, for example, when nurses and doctors misplace or misname chemicals, drugs and materials. This could lead to very disastrous situations when the wrong chemicals, drugs and materials are used for the different procedures.
In today’s society, there are many problems that dominate the human population; however, oblivion and ignorance are common reasons why an issue can go unnoticed. One of these major issues that should gain more focus is prescription drug misuse and abuse. This type of drug abuse points toward those who take medicine meant for someone else, for another purpose, for a purpose other than intended, or taking more than what is prescribed (“Prescription Medline” par. 1). For example, if one were to crush, snort, or inject a tablet in order to get high (which creates a stronger reaction than just simply swallowing the pills), they would be abusing and misusing the drug.
As we discussed, you are entitled to Worker’s Compensation regardless of whether or not the injury was caused by your own negligence. You are guaranteed adequate medical care for your injury and financial support to compensate for the loss of wages during the period that you are unable to work. Please remember that you must come into the office for each appointment that we schedule. We must continue to file progress reports until your return to work. Your employer has confirmed that you injured your leg in the course of you employment.
So some may wonder, why America is so addicted to prescriptions. It is a combination between doctors prescribing the medication that is not needed, and the people that get prescribed it abusing it whether it is selling them or over using it themse... ... middle of paper ... ...ptions can do to one’s body. It messes up the way the brain functions. When using prescription drugs long term, it can cause the body to become physically dependent on the drug. So if a person was to try to stop they would experience withdrawal symptoms.
There are many direct to consumer advertising for prescription drugs. On television, magazines, radio etc, you see the most recent advertisements for prescription drugs. After some people see the advertisements they soon rush over to their doctor and their illness and life would be perfectly pain and stress free. Making the public conscious of options for treatment is not a bad thing. But these false advertisements are misleading consumers onto unnecessary treatment.
It can also disrupt the hearts rhythm, and is risky when taken with other painkillers. (7) In conclusion I think methadone is a useful medication and can do great things for addicts wanting to overcome their addiction. However it should be a medication given only when closely followed by a doctor. Like Mr. McDowell stated it is extremely tempting to hand over an opiate of any kind and expect the addict to take it as directed. Putting that much responsibility into addict’s hands is more than most are capable of handling.
Rehabs and clinics will hand out free illegal drugs to help “wean” addicts off the drug they’re on. This is not helping; this is giving them drugs and fueling their addiction. Doctors are trying to say addiction is a disease, but they have caused most addictions. They give out prescription pills for just about anything which will lead to more people getting addicted. Prescription pills are the most abused drug in the United States (Bell).
However, the use of this drug can have disastrous effects on the respiratory system. When a patient on ketamine is admitted for care, the nurse may use end-tidal carbon dioxide measurements and pulse oximetry to monitor these respiratory effects (Burnett, Watters, Barringer, Griffith, & Frascone,