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Prescription Drug Abuse
Has prescription drug abuse surpassed the abuse of marijuana?
Prescription drug abuse has come to the forefront due to the large amount of deaths which occur from it. Have you ever heard of anyone smoking themselves to death from marijuana? They may burn out most of their brain cells, but not death as a direct result of the abuse. Prescription drugs kill if not used as directed and properly. Too many people are abusing, they seem to keep coming up with new ways to use them. Those who abuse do it in so many ways. Most of which are extremely dangerous, but they seem to ignore this fact They crush them and snort them, they break them down and inject them and the one you find the least information is smoking them. Most people don't realize how each of the drugs will interact with other influences such as being taken with alcohol or other prescription medication. They never look at the effects it can take on their body long term. They are just looking for the high.
Look at the statistics of prescription drug abuse.
From the mid-eighties unitl 2000, new drug abusers of oxycodone and hydrocodone had grown five times. It went from approximately 400,000 to over 2 million. Can you imagine what it is today? Abusers of diazepam and xanax strongly increased in just one year. In 1999, they were approximately 700,000 and by 2000, they had increased to over 1 million. It is so sad to know that most of these abusers are between the ages of 12 and 25. This doesn't mean there aren't any abusers who are older. However, it is plaguing are youth in devastating numbers. In 2006, approximately 500,000 adolescents age 12 to 17, tried or used some form of drugs. What can we do to stop the abuse? Don't ever say it can't happen in my family. Drug addiction has no boundaries. It can happen to anyone, at anytime, and any place.