Medication affects each person differently. Moreover, each type of medication carries with it a risk of unpleasant side effects. Physicians keep this in mind whenever they prescribe drugs to patients. Individuals who misuse medication may not be aware of the risk they’re taking. Using medication in an unsound or nonmedical way carries with it severe dangers, especially when the individual takes the drugs at high doses or mixes them with other substances.
Society’s Demand for Painkillers
Due to the growing recognition of pain as an ailment in and of itself rather than a symptom, the demand for opiate painkillers has increased in recent decades. Pharmaceutical companies have met the rush by providing more opiates, including OxyContin, which is known to be one of the most highly addictive opiate painkillers. As a result, there were more than 40,000 opiate-related overdose deaths in 2011.
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
The destructive effects of prescription drug abuse on individuals, families, and society as a whole requires effective prevention methods. There’s been consensus on the dangers of opiate painkiller addiction, but a distressing lack of action.
Prevention is defined as any program developed to stop substance abuse and addiction before they start, as well as increase awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Reducing the supply of prescription drugs would be a helpful start. If doctors cease prescribing so many painkillers, fewer of our nation’s citizens will become hooked on them. A concerted effort between law enforcement officials and doctors nationwide will go a long way toward ameliorating the prescription drug epidemic.