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The Abuse of Prescription Drugs

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When people hear of prescription drug abuse they think of people that do not have a prescription using the drug for other reasons but this is not always the case. People that get a prescription, may abuse it by misuse of selling them, or by over use. Many different types of prescription drugs are very addictive and used out of control. They can have some serious effects on a person.
Why does so many people abuse prescription drugs? Some will say it is safer than street drugs since it is FDA approved. Is it because prescription drugs are easier to get a hold of and sometimes cheaper? Some believe it is safe for them to consume because it was given to them by a Physician. That is not the case many Doctors have given out medication because the patient will come in knowing what symptoms to say to get what they need. In today’s time, it is so easy to run to the doctor and get some sort of prescription drug. It does not take much to get one, most doctors today do not even try to find the main cause to the problem they just write a prescription and send a person on their way. This is a one major problem that leads to abuse of prescription drugs. Why would someone want to take something if it is not going to help them with the main problem? So the person is not getting help on what could be causing their problem, but given something to ease the problem. As soon as the medication wears off, the problem is back. Of course sometimes it may help in fixing the problem but in most cases it does not. 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...

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...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. Some drugs increase the levels of dopamine neurotransmitter in the brain that control the pleasure. Other drugs like depressants, when becoming addicted to them the body gets immune and begins to need larger doses to get any effect from the drug. The depressants slow down the brains activity causing it to get out of control if a person was to stop, which then can lead to seizures and other problems.
Prescription drug abuse is a rising problem in the United States among all ages. It is time, the people find ways to prevent it from getting worse. Which could start by keeping records of the drugs a person has already.
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