Drug Abuse Essay

5169 words - 21 pages

E P I DE M IC:
R E SP ON DI NG T O A M ER ICA’ S
PR E S CR I P T ION
DRUG A BUSE CR I SI S

2 011

Background

Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.1 The same survey found that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or from the Internet.2 ...view middle of the document...

7 These data offer a compelling description of the extent to which the prescription drug abuse problem in America has grown over the last decade, and should serve to highlight the critical role parents, patients, healthcare providers, and manufacturers play in preventing prescription drug abuse. These realities demand action, but any policy response must be approached thoughtfully, while acknowledging budgetary constraints at the state and Federal levels. The potent medications science has developed have great potential for relieving suffering, as well as great potential for abuse. There are many examples: acute medical pain treatment and humane hospice care for cancer patients would be impossible without prescription opioids; benzodiazepines are the bridge for many people with serious anxiety disorders to begin the process of overcoming their fears; and stimulants have a range of valuable uses across medical fields. Accordingly, any policy in this area must strike a balance between our desire
1. Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH): National Findings, SAMHSA (2010). 2. Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH): National Findings, SAMHSA (2010). 3. University of Michigan, 2009 Monitoring the Future: A Synopsis of the 2009 Results of Trends in Teen Use of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol. 4. 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors Among Active Duty Military Personnel, Department of Defense (2009). Available at: http://www.tricare.mil/2008HealthBehaviors.pdf 5. Manchikanti L, Fellow B, Ailinani H, Pampati V. Therapeutic Use, Abuse, and Nonmedical Use of Opioids: A TenYear Perspective. Pain Physician. 13:401-435. 2010. 6. Based on data from SDI, Vector One: National. Years 2000-2009. Extracted June 2010. Available at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/AnestheticAndLifeSupport DrugsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM217510.pdf 7. Unintentional Drug Poisoning in the United States, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 2010.

1

E p i d E m i c : R E s p o n d i n G t o A m E R i c A’ s p R E s c R i p t i o n d R u G A B u s E c R i s i s

to minimize abuse of prescription drugs and the need to ensure access for their legitimate use. Further, expanding effective drug abuse treatment is critical to reducing prescription drug abuse, as only a small fraction of drug users are currently undergoing treatment. This Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan expands upon the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy and includes action in four major areas to reduce prescription drug abuse: education, moni­ toring, proper disposal, and enforcement. First, education is critical for the public and for healthcare providers to increase awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and about ways to appropriately dispense, store, and dispose of controlled substance...

Other Essays Like Drug Abuse

Drug Use & Abuse Essay

1147 words - 5 pages The Salvation Army Caribbean Territorial Training College Cadet Joshua Alexander Poyser Topic: Drug Use & Abuse Drug abuse is the excessive and self- damaging use of habit forming drugs/ substances resulting in addiction or dependence and serious physiological and/or psychological harm. Countries and regions across the world have struggled with the use and abuse of drugs within its populace, the Caribbean being no exception. In some

Teenage Drug Abuse Essay

798 words - 4 pages generations. Statistics have shown that instances of teen drug addiction run in long chains from parents to children. This is why now is the time to either break the chain of teen drug addiction or stop it from forming. No amount of hard work, money, sacrifice is worth more than breaking a chain of substance abuse or preventing one from forming. Objective: Statement of the problem: 1. What drugs are abused by teenagers? Virtually every drug

Drug Abuse and Trafficking

3000 words - 12 pages Professor: Name: Title: Date Due: Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking Drug trafficking is the selling of illegal drugs and drug abuse is the consumption of the illegal drugs as well as other drugs. Drug abuse and trafficking has been on increase in the recent past due to increased availability of drugs to the youths. College scholars as well as the high school kids have been consuming drugs recklessly without taking

Drug Abuse Teens

3215 words - 13 pages in 2007, and the numbers unfortunately continue to rise. Children are becoming addicted to drugs more and more everyday and if more programs or incentives were created, they would be less likely to become one of these statistics. Youth take drugs for the following reasons: social disorganization, peer pressure, family factors, emotional, or rational choice. Social disorganization deals with drug abuse to poverty and disorganized urban

Drug Abuse in Canada

1402 words - 6 pages Drug Abuse in Canada Introduction Drug use and abuse is as old as mankind itself. Human beings have always had a desire to eat or drink substances that make them feel relaxed, stimulated, or euphoric. Wine was used at least from the time of the early Egyptians; narcotics from 4000 B.C.; and medicinal use of marijuana has been dated to 2737 B.C. in China. But it was not until the nineteenth century that the active substances in drugs were

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

1897 words - 8 pages healing physically, mentally, and emotionally. Treatment is necessary in overcoming drug and alcohol abuse. According to Lewis, Dana, and Blevins, (2011), clients can and need to participate in treatment planning in order for it to work. Initial assessments are vital to gather information such as demographics, background, family history, health and medical, and presenting concerns. It is imperative as counselors to explore the problem with the

Social Effects of Drug Abuse

655 words - 3 pages Social Effects of Drug Abuse Social effects of drug abuse include some obvious problems - such as gang and domestic violence - as well as hidden costs. Here are a few. Drug Abuse and Violence While some experts may argue that drug abuse doesn't necessarily cause violence, most agree that the two are certainly linked, probably because both the habit of abusing drugs and violence are part of delinquent behavior. But abuse any drug long

Drug Abuse and Pop Culture

566 words - 3 pages There is a good deal of concern that media depictions of illicit drugs, alcohol, or tobacco inaccurately portray the true nature of drug abuse and its negative consequences. I want to describe how I feel the social problem of drug abuse is reflected by the media through music and television. However, I mainly want to focus on the influence of music videos. I think that drug abuse has been overly glamorized showing the younger generation that

Corporate War on Drug Abuse

3034 words - 13 pages The Corporate War on Drug Abuse Presented to Wendy Keller Concordia University John Molson School of Business Comm 212 Section E Prepared by Bilal Sirhan Human Resource Specialist 6355099 November 24th, 2014 MEMORANDUM To: Human resources manager From: Bilal Sirhan, Human resource specialist Subject: Analysis of different policies for alcohol and drug

Drug Abuse in Our Society

919 words - 4 pages Drug Abuse in Our Society You have only to switch on your television, radio or open a newspaper or magazine to be aware that the fabric of our society is being contaminated and eroded right down to its inner most core by the ever expanding evil plague of drug abuse. In this land of ever increasing human rights and of a growing freedom of choice, we are expected to watch and allow the destruction of our family

The Cause and Effect of Drug Abuse

734 words - 3 pages The Causes and Effects of Drug Abuse The fact that drugs have become a problem in our society is no secret. It seems that although everyone knows the consequences or drug abuse, some people still seem to think they are immune to these effects, or that they will be able to stop drug use after trying it just one time. Although it is true that some are lucky enough to quit after just one time, it is also true that even trying drugs one time causes

Related Papers

Drug Abuse Essay

834 words - 4 pages Pg.1 Substance Abuse Paper: Drug Abuse HCA/250 Erika Delmar Windy M. Stimmel October 4, 2015 Pg. 2 Substance Abuse Paper: Drug Abuse What is the definition of drug abuse, this definition is defined as a habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs. (Dictionary Online) Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite

Drug Abuse Essay

1011 words - 5 pages Nursing Essay Name: Course: Tutor: Date: Substance abuse refers to the pattern of continued use, despite adverse consequence. Socio-cultural determinants of substance abuse of substance use imply to social factors that affect the outcome of drug abuse. The group characteristic determines social cultural determinants, and the general beliefs in history of the set community. For instance, smoking was considered fashionable in the early

Drug Abuse Essay

1661 words - 7 pages consistent throughout the forty three year period of the war. All drug use has remained steady despite the militarization of the drug war as the data below will demonstrate. The research focuses on the change of drug use rate, cost and racial disparity. Drug use According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated

Drug Abuse Paper 2

643 words - 3 pages Drug abuse is the excessive, maladaptive, or addictive use of drugs for non-medicinal purposes. It also defines a state, emotional and sometimes physical, characterized by a compulsion to take drugs on a constant basis in order to experience its mental effects. Drug abuse gives rise to dependence both physical and psychological. Dependence gives rise to mental, emotional, biological or physical, social and economic instability. The effects of