Prescription drug abuse is on the rise at a global level, not just in the US. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reports that prescription drugs has moved to second on the list of the most abused and trafficked types of drugs in the world, with cannabis still in first, as the demand for painkillers (opioids), depressants and stimulants continue to become popular everywhere. From kids, teens, young adults and the elderly, the situation is major cause for concern.
The good news is that cocaine and heroin abuse has declined over the years, but prescription drug abuse increased. In addition, women appear to be abusing pills at a higher rate than ever, despite the fact that men were once believed to be the primary abusers of medications. No longer do we perceive drug users as people living in poverty or on the streets, but rather, people with college educations who are doing quite well.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported to the U.S. House of Representatives that we should view prescription drug abuse as a growing problem for both men and women, as new data indicates a rise of pill abuse in woman, such as:
• Women being more likely to be vulnerable to prescription drug abuse due to greater likelihood of experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma and victimization than men
• Girls and women sometimes use drugs to handle high stress
• Women are more likely to be prescribed a medication that can be abused than men
More developments are being made to approach the problem of pill abuse as a system-wide problem, to address both better healthcare systems and consumer awareness and knowledge of what medicines they are agreeing to take.
Unintentional drug overdoses is a serious matter that has led to many family tragedies and loss of loved ones. The notion of losing someone, whether it’s a friend, a parent, a sibling, or a son or daughter, is a devastating one. Please call today to save a life from the vicious cycle of drug/alcohol addiction, as well as behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex addiction.
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