The Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis

analytical Essay
1696 words
1696 words

The rate of death due to prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has escalated 313 percent over the past decade. According to the Congressional Quarterly Transcription’s article "Rep. Joe Pitt Holds a Hearing on Prescription Drug Abuse," opioid prescription drugs were involved in 16,650 overdose-caused deaths in 2010, accounting for more deaths than from overdoses of heroin and cocaine. Prescribed drugs or painkillers sometimes "condemn a patient to lifelong addiction," according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This problem not only affects the lives of those who overdose but it affects the communities as well due to the convenience of being able to find these items in drug stores and such. Not to mention the fact that the doctors who prescribe these opioids often tend to misuse them as well. Abusing these prescribed drugs can “destroy dreams and abort great destinies," and end the possibility of the abuser to have a positive impact in the community.

Drugs cause an overall disturbance in a subjects’ physiological, psychological and emotional health. “At the individual level, drug abuse creates health hazards for the user, affecting the educational and general development of youths in particular” (“Fresh Challenge”). In youth specifically, drug abuse can be triggered by factors such as: a parent’s abusive behavior, poor social skills, family history of alcoholism or substance abuse, the divorce of parents or guardians, poverty, the death of a loved one, or even because they are being bullied at school (“Drugs, brains, and behavior”) .

In certain circumstances, the consumption of drugs might have had originated because of a psychological disorder that needed drugs in order for t...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that drug addicts experiment with substance abuse depending on the side effects of the drug used. bloodshot eyes, rapid weight loss, needle tracks, runny nose, and poor personal hygiene are superficial indicators that a person is abusing drugs.
  • Concludes that prescription drug abuse is an ongoing epidemic that is consuming the families and communities of the us.
  • Explains that the rate of death due to prescription drug abuse in the us has escalated 313 percent over the past decade.
  • Explains that in 75 percent of the households where abuse takes place, the husband or boyfriend is an alcoholic or on drugs. the children suffer the most in these occasions.
  • Analyzes how the epidemic of drug abuse affects the nation's health, economic planning, national security, human capacity, educational developments, social harmony, and family well-being. the fda is taking small steps towards a big goal—restore the safe use of pain medicines.
  • Analyzes how congressional quarterly transcriptions, newsbank, and sirs issues researcher report on the rise in prescription drug abuse.
  • Explains that drugs, brains, and behavior: the science of addiction. the encyclopedia of mental health, 2nd ed.
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