Essay about Prescription Drugs And Its Effects On The United States

2458 Words Dec 1st, 2016 10 Pages
From the year 1999 to 2014 more than 165,000 people died in the US from opioid pain medications. After looking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the information shows how health care providers wrote over 259 million prescriptions for opioid in 2012 alone. That is enough to give one bottle to every adult in the United States (A Historic 1st). This paper was produced by a student at Elon University who conducted a thorough research on the opioid epidemic for their English 110 course. The topic of the paper was to find an issue going on in the region of North Carolina. The following is all the research pulled together and a possible solution for the problem at hand. One problem that plagues North Carolina, especially Alamance County, is prescription drug overdose. Recreational use of prescription drugs is becoming one of the largest causes of unintentional death in the US. Prescription drugs are used to alter one’s mental state that will give the user a certain high. Many people save, or sell their prescription drugs given to them by doctors for recreational purposes. People who are found abusing drugs are typically teens and young adults that think that since it is prescribed by doctors that makes it safe to take and therefore there won’t be fatal results. This reasoning is false and has lead to many deaths in the state of North Carolina.
Over “sixty percent of the opioids that are abused are obtained directly or indirectly through a physician 's prescription”…

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