Essay on Drugs : Drugs And Drugs

982 Words Dec 9th, 2016 4 Pages
“In 2010, approximately 46 Americans died per day from an overdose involving prescription opioids” (moving beyond) Pharmaceutical opioids addictive properties leave patients needing another script even though their symptoms are gone. Big pharmaceutical companies push these drugs; therefore, doctors feel pressured to over prescribe them. “Millions of people in the United States report nonmedical use of prescription drugs, and recently drug overdoses have surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of injury death” (moving beyond) Our government spends billions of dollars for the war on drugs, but only a small percentage of it focuses on pharmaceutical opioids that are being misprescribed and abused. Opioids are chemically similar to heroin and morphine and act on the brain in the same manner as these street drugs. They present intrinsic abuse and addiction, especially if used for nonmedical purposes. Even people that are taking these pills for medical purposes have a slight chance of getting addicted, but if not taken appropriately then these chances rise. (drugabuse.gov) Everyone knows not to do heroin because of how addictive it is, but people don’t think twice when doctors prescribe an opioid, like, oxycodone or oxycontin. Doctors know how enslaving opiates can be, but they still prescribe them to millions of patients without extensive testing for chronic pain. “Nonmedical opiate use is more prevalent than any street drug except marijuana” Among a large amount…

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