We can't address prescription drug abuse enough because today more and more teens, young and older adults are abusing them to get high or have found themselves addicted to them due to health related pain issues.
Prescription drug addiction is very serious and unfortunately the abuse of prescribed medications is very widespread throughout the United States and affecting the health and well-being of many people.
Almost 1 in 5 teenagers report abusing prescription drugs to get high and it's sad to think that the numbers will continue to increase unless our young people as well as adults understand the seriousness involved when abusing or misusing them. Many young people just don't realize that tomorrow may never come if they engage in risky behaviors like using prescription drugs to get high. Even when they hear about someone else that died from an accidental drug overdose they still don't think it could ever happen to them.
The abuse of prescription drugs is now the fastest growing drug problem in our nation according to ONDCP which is the Office of National Drug Control Policy. We need to continue to educate everyone about the dangers associated with prescription drug abuse and people who are legitimately prescribed medications need to understand just how serious it is if they're misused unintentionally.
There are several kinds of prescription drugs abused today by teenagers and because they're legally prescribed for a lot of people they think they're safer to use than street drugs. If this were only true. Prescription drugs like painkillers, stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizers are equally as dangerous to misuse or abuse. Unfortunately prescription drugs are easy for our young people to get though. Most homes have them in their medicine cabinets, teens get them from friends, purchase them from someone they know or from online illegal websites.
The prescription drugs that many teens are abusing today by snorting, injecting or swallowing large doses includes OxyContin, Vicodin, Ritalin, Adderall, Valium and Xanax. They don't realize that they're headed for serious trouble down the road if they continue. That is if they don't accidentally overdose on them first.
Deaths that resulted from accidental overdose from prescription opioid drugs in 2007 were higher than "deaths from heroin and cocaine combined" according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Today in 2012 the abuse of prescription drugs is even more wide-spread and it's scary to think that even more people may lose their lives due to lack of information and prescription drug addiction.
We can't stop talking about substance abuse of any kind and we have to make it a priority to educate our children as much as possible about the dangers and consequences involved if they do. I can't imagine losing a child or someone I love because they accidentally overdosed on prescription drugs or any other substance. Sadly many people can relate though and I can only imagine that their lives will never be the same.
Getting Rid of Un-Needed or Expired Prescription Drugs
Most all of us have prescription drugs in our homes that are no longer needed or outdated and it's important not to have them accessible for our children to get hold of or anyone else. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has another Take-Back-Day scheduled this month on Saturday April 28th from 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM so that you can properly dispose of them. Flushing medications or just tossing them in the trash is not only dangerous to the environment but found in the trash makes them easy for anyone to get hold of.
Prescription Drug Collection Site Locator
There are take back sites available in every state, to find the prescription drug collection location nearest you just enter your zip code, or County/City/State. Do your part and properly dispose of any prescription drugs you don't need anymore.