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Prescription Drug Abuse

Updated on August 8, 2010

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.


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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Jim, thank you for the comment. However, you assumed I was speaking of a teenager. I did quote some statistics, but my teenage son is not into any of the forms of drug abuse. My personal experience is with my son, who is an adult. The root cause is (as you mentioned) people suffering from pain, depression, and anxiety. It takes control of them, and it is only about the high. My husband has a grandson (22 years of age) also an addict. With addicts there is a root cause just as you mentioned but the root cause because an excuse, a crutch, or to them a reason to use. Ultimately,it is about the high. Rehab programs in some cases help, but if you look at the statistics most relapse. One went through rehab, the other did not. Of these two, the one who went to rehab is out of control. The other one decided to go it alone. He's not as bad as he was eighteen months ago, but I do believe he still uses occassionally. Drug abuse is a nightmare. It doesn't just affect the person abusing, but consumes the entire family.

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    Jim 6 years ago

    I would be cautious to say that young people are "just looking for the high," when using prescription (or any other sort of) drugs recreationally. Just as adults do, young people suffer from pain, depression, anxiety, sexual and professional (for them, academic) frustration, and a variety of other maladies that plague the modern society as part and parcel of our hyper-driven, success-centric culture. It is important, if you find your teenaged son or daughter using drugs, be they marijuana or be they heroin (which, by the way, is not any better or worse than any other strong opiate save for the implications of the cutting agents inherent to its illicit nature) to address not just the implications of drug use, but also to attempt to address the root cause of the their desire to engage in such behavior - and, if possible, to provide them with tools with which to manage it.