Essay on Prescription Drug Abuse

1482 Words Jul 29th, 2013 6 Pages
Audience Analysis
The audience I will be addressing is parents, caregivers and school educators about the dangers of prescription drugs and how we can better educate teenagers and young adults on the dangers of abusing them. There are many ways that we can teach and educate our teenagers and young adults, but it’s important that families, schools and communities are involved. The rate of prescription drug overdose among teenagers and young adults have sky rocketed over the past several years. This has become a growing epidemic and if we don’t step in and do something, this problem will only get worse. No parent or caregiver ever wants to lose a child and it can be especial harder knowing that you could have helped prevent it. Some people
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Informing teens and young adults about the dangers of taking prescription drugs that don’t belong to them could save their lives.
Teens and young adults have chosen prescription drugs as their drug of choice because it is less expensive as illegal drugs like cocaine or marijuana, and more easily accessible. All they need to do is walk into their own bathroom and look into the medicine cabinet. It’s sitting in plain sight for the taking. They don’t realize the danger of taking prescription drugs that were not prescribed to them. They think because it was prescribed by a doctor that it must be safe. Teens and young adults also feel that, ”Parents don’t care as much if they get caught using prescription drugs, without a doctor’s prescription, than they do if they get caught using illegal drugs” (PR Newswire 4/23/13) like cocaine or marijuana. The most commonly known and used prescription pills that teens and young adults abuse are Vicodin, Oxycontin, Adderall, and Ritalin. There are also designer drugs such as “K2”, “Spice” and “bath salts.” These designer drugs can be extremely dangerous because they haven’t been tested or approved and you are basically experimenting on your own body.
When teens and young adults use these types of prescription drugs, most people think that they are looking to get high. This is not always the case. “Teens abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons, including to get high, to treat pain, or because they think it will

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