Persuasive Essay: Addiction To Prescription Drug Abuse

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Prescription drugs can be very helpful if taken properly, but surprisingly can be extremely dangerous if taken improperly an can even be deadly.The addiction to prescription drugs such as pain killers, sedatives, and stimulates, is on the rise and not a new subject among individuals. Although prescription drug abuse is not a new issue, it has become a rising epidemic over the last several years. Our nation as a whole should take a stand by raising more awareness, closely monitoring individuals that are prescribed the drugs, and by enforcing stricter punishments for all that are involved in illegal activities with these pills. By raising awareness about prescription drugs and abuse, many individuals may not become addicted to them after …show more content…
When someone is addicted to a drug they will do what ever it takes to get high, even if that means stealing . Many addicts resort to lying about their addiction ,so it may be hard to tell if that person actually has a problem. That is where monitoring a patient closely comes in, before an individual can get a prescription refilled they should be tested to make sure that the drug they are trying to get is in their system. A doctor should be able to tell when a patient is just getting the drugs in order to get high. If a patient is persistent about getting a drug refilled or if they go "doctor shopping" then that’s a sure sign of abuse. Some may say that there is already enough awareness being raised about prescription drug abuse, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) more than 40 people die each day from overdoses caused by narcotic pain relievers("Families Challenged to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse..."). The FDA (Food and Drug Administration), puts focus on the illegal markets for these drugs and reports deaths and overdoses, but that is not raising the awareness that is needed in order to crack down on abuse. I feel that our healthcare providers should take the time to know their patients truly understand what is going on with them instead of taking out the prescription pad and just giving away medication so freely. Speaking from personal experiences, this type of addiction causes an individual to lose everything. The only thing that matters to them is getting

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