Prescription Drug Abuse Case Study

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Have you ever heard these words –hillbilly heroin, OC, a-minus, red birds, Vitamin R, and roses? There is no question we have heard some of these words. Yet, what is unexpected is they are all code words used by teens for prescription drugs per the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (2016). Prescription drug abuse among teens has rapidly increased, and has become a public health concern. Teens who are abusing prescription drugs are at higher risk for other abusive problems (Milner, Ham, & Zamboanga, 2014.) With many other issues going on in today’s world, there is need to provide help and education to decrease the incidence of this issue. This paper will explore the epidemiology of this problem, explaining the web of causation, the role in Healthy People 2020, public interventions used thus far, and lastly, a nursing intervention plan to combat this problem.
Prescription drugs such as opioids, stimulants, and sedatives are being used
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This is an important step for community members to understand the dangers of abusing prescription drugs (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). o Intervention:
3. The community members will verbalize 5 risk factors for the potential to abuse prescription drugs by the end of the presentation. o Intervention: The nurse will observe the community for any potential risk factors. This will provide the necessary information to educate the community about risk factors that affect that specific community (Viner et al., 2012). o Intervention: The nurse will provide information and explanation regarding risk factors that can lead to prescription drug abuse. As adolescents, they are influential and their brain is still developing. It important they have the needed information to understand the situation at their level (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013).

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