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The chosen topic sheds light on prescription drugs, addiction and those it affects and
its effects. Misuse of prescribed medications means taking them other than as was prescribed,
taking somebody’s prescription or taking them for euphoria. Most abused drugs include
opioids for pain management, Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants for anxiety or
sleep disorders and stimulants used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Prescription drug misuse is a serious problem affecting the health sector in the United
States. According to a study done by National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH),
close to 2 million people misused pain relievers for the first time, at least once during the year
2017. This alone translates to close to 5,500 initiates daily. Additionally, in as much as there
are demographical factors as age and gender, the ease of their access is the reason for their
high prevalence. Prescription for some of these drugs has increased, and the lack of
information on their addictive properties has led to their high demand and has contributed
further to the problem.
Prescription drug misuse and addiction affects many people, but a specific
demographic as the teens and youth, are at a higher risk. By the time a person finds out that
they have been doing it very frequently, addiction has kicked in by this time and stopping
becomes hard no matter how bad someone wants to quit. As these prescription drugs reach
schools, hospitals, and workplaces, everybody is affected. The most affected are teenage girls
and boy who are at a critical stage in their lives. Peer pressure plays a significant part in
making them want to try and get addicted to these drugs. Those who benefit from this are
dishonest pharmacists and medical practitioners, drug dealers and those distributing drugs, as
they make money selling and distributing stolen or fake drugs.
Prescription drug addiction remains a major health epidemic in the US. Close to 50
Americans die daily due to the effects of drug addiction, and if not, they feel the effects
physically and financially. Overdose deaths involving these prescription drugs have
quadrupled to 17,000 since the ’90s. By outnumbering the number of deaths caused by heroin
and cocaine combined, only one in ten American’s get treatment. Being the number one
cause of injury-related deaths and surpassing car accidents, a solution has to be sought to end
this (Sipe, 2015). In as much as human health and wellbeing are unprotected, the drug
markets are still expanding. With this comes its fair share of problems as some countries
growing these parent plants make the production of these drugs shoot to highs never recorded
before. Opium production shot to 11,000 tons from a 65% productivity level during the start
of the 21st Century. It has led to a significant increase in the opium poppy production, which
is promising, and gradually improving, likely leading to trafficking of these drugs.
Additionally, the seizure of pharmaceutical medication showed that they did not pass
their manufacturing requirements and their poor quality caused considerable health problems.
Their accessibility and given the demographics of those taking these drugs make the
traffickers better placed at selling them at these illegal markets and making a killing from
That being said the countries affected loose lives to crimes and acts of violence
related to these drug activities. If a user will not use force and brutality to get the money
needed to purchase these drugs they will use violence to get these drugs. Drug users become
unstable and may commit crimes from misusing or being addicted to them.
That notwithstanding, addiction may lead to adverse health effects and increases in
every use and its frequency. Most people, however, do not realize the effects this has on them
until it is too late. The misuse of these legal drugs can cause psychosis, suicide, violence and
drug-related accidents or overdoses.
Prescription drug abuse goes back to more than a decade ago (Dowling, 2008).
Laudanum, a mixture of alcohol and opium was the earliest remedy to pain, anxiety, and
insomnia. Though used by doctors in the 1800s, it was addictive. But it attracted more
Caucasian women as men freely visited the bars and drinking dens. Its availability was not
the only things that had the users captivated, but its ability to solve a range of feminine
problems as issues in pregnancy, menstrual cramps and emotional disorders.
Results gotten from an NSDUH study, a total of 2.4 million Americans abused
prescription drugs for their first time, translating to 6,600 people per day with more than one-
half being female of 12 to 18 years. Though these drugs affect many people, it is considered
that most males and females, the youth and the older adults are a higher risk of drug abuse.
12the Graders (NSDUH, 2017) most commonly abuse prescription and Over the
Counter (OTC) drugs. When they were asked how they obtained these drugs for non-medical
use, more than half reported having been given or bought from a friend or relative. Young
adults are also at risk, accounting to close two-thirds of the total spending on prescription
drugs. As most are on a fixed income, they may use another person’s medication to save on
money. Generally, males are more prone to abusing and getting addicted to prescription drugs
compared to females.
Among other factors, drugs being readily available and the lack of information
concerning addiction makes these drugs easily accessible.
It also affects the teens because they are curious at this stage and given that friends or
relatives have them, they become more prone to the effects of drug addiction (Sera, 2017).
Also, they face pressures from school, parents, and teachers and need some form of release
and therefore turn to these drugs, As for the young adults, the use of various medication for
their comorbidity makes them prone to want to use these drugs to ease everyday issues rather
than high-profile cases. It affects them financially when they have to set aside some money
for drugs. If they have families, then they will suffer. The breadwinner will use the money to
buy these drugs. By having a significant impact on those in school, studies are disrupted as
users cannot fully concentrate when high or under the influence of such drugs.
For users, their wellbeing is compromised as the long-term treatment does not only
lead to addiction but other issues as drug tolerance, the need to increase drug doses and
hyperalgesia which is an increase in pain sensitivity. There are cases of seizures and organ
failure. Behavioral changes as a decline in activities are signs of abuse and addiction. Others
find that their social status improves given that they sell drugs.
As some prescription drugs are considered as dangerous as illegal drugs, people are
benefiting from the sale of these drugs. Some fraudulent doctor and pharmacist may be acting
with some drug dealer and may either steal or sell fake prescriptions. Others do not have
licenses to write prescriptions, and this becomes illegal when they sell or distribute these
drugs. For malpractices as these, laws are regulating the use and delivery of prescription
drugs. Economically, they make profits from all the users, and the demand drives the
productions higher. With the money gotten or services rendered in exchange, they may use
this to gain power or raise their status. They might as well want the problem to continue as
they earn from the sale of these drugs. Unchecked, trafficking drugs could be an ultimate
result. At times, some of these people work with politicians to get access to these drugs. They
can make this problem continue by causing the decline of these drugs in pharmacies and
secure access to their inferior quality products available and sell them at a higher price. From
another perspective, the problem might exist on purpose for those in power to exercise their
freedom to oppress the people. By making these substandard drugs, they make money for
themselves and other ‘investors and they also benefit, creating the ever existing dependence
on these drugs.
This problem affects everyone in society. The users experience effects related to long-
term use of prescription drugs as psychosis and suicidal tendencies while those selling these
drugs are enriched. The biggest victims are women, between 12 to 35 years of age who at
times work in health sectors and those who have easy access to these drugs. With the
increasing need for these drugs and the clients being readily available, what is interesting is in
getting them from reliable sources including pharmacists or distributors. This continuous
interdependency ensures the supply of the drug never runs out in the markets.
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