The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence report that 60 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug, where millions of Americans are affected by prescription drug abuse either directly or indirectly. The use of prescription pills has remained controversial for years, wedged between helping millions treat chronic pain, and leading millions to a severe addiction.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claim report drug abuse was the top cause of injury death in the US in 2013.
But why are prescription drugs, mainly opioids (in addition to stimulants and depressants which are also popular) so commonly used and life-threatening?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
• Opioids are frequently abused because they cause short-term euphoria
• Opioid abuse can lead to overdose deaths
• When taken with alcohol, opioids can cause the heart rate and breathing to slow down, which may lead to coma or death
• When taken during pregnancy opioids can cause miscarriage as well as low birth weight and neonatal abstinence syndrome
• Older adults are at a higher risk of accidentally misusing or abusing opiods because of possible interactions with other medications, their slower metabolization of these drugs with age and the frequency with which these medications are prescribed to older adults.
• People who inject opioids intravenously have a higher risk of HIV, hepatitis and other diseases that can come from sharing needles.
• Withdrawal effects from opioids include insomnia, muscle and bone pain, diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats and muscle twitches.
• 54.2 percent of prescription drugs are obtained free from a friend or relative not from a prescription, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse
• Roughly 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs — about 3 percent of the population. The most commonly abused drugs include opioids (e.g., Vicodin), depressants (e.g., Xanax) and stimulants (e.g., Ritalin), PBS.org reports
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