The Problem Of Prescription Drugs Essay

1074 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Science and technology has grown exponentially in recent years, issues such as heart disease and diabetes that once required surgery are now regulated with medicine. It has become routine for doctors to prescribe medicine because it is the easiest solution. Medication is the most efficient way to take care of illness, but what happens if we are prescribing too much? “Prescription painkillers kill six times more people each year than heroin does” (Wen). This harrowing statistic is why over prescription needs to stop. The overuse of prescription drugs has become apparent in our society due to lack of knowledge, financial gain and doctor.
Patients play a large role in the over prescription of medications, often people ask for drugs unaware how harmful they are. According to Leana Wen doctor and writer from NPR says, “Some patients are addicts shopping for doctors who will prescribe narcotics, most are seeking relief from pain, unaware of the risks of opioids” (Wen). Many are truly in pain but some patients are trying to feed their addiction. Often, patients are unaware of how easy it is to become addicted to these prescription drugs. When the patient becomes addicted to these drugs they try to find doctors who are willing give out narcotics. Doctors are obligated to give the patient the requested drug unless the doctor has a valid medical reason not to. Wen states that, “Nearly one-third of people who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug” (Wen). It…

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