Unintenttional Overdosing on Pharmaceutical Drugs Essay examples

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Drug Overdosing During the summer of 2013, I committed my time to learning the fundamentals of being a clinical pharmacist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. From the time I spent there, I knew that I wanted to practice medicine at the professional level. As an intern, I spent a lot of time shadowing different pharmacists and observing how they deal with the many staff members in the hospital. Whether it is with a physician, pharmacy technician, patient, or another pharmacist, the pharmacist would always deal with them in a professional manner. I learned that drug overdosing was a major problem and cause of deaths in the United States of America. Although I have never thought of drug overdosing as a problem in a developed and highly …show more content…
"In 2010, 30,006 (78%) of the 38,329 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional" (CDC.gov). Is it possible for such a statistic when the recommended quantity is written clearly on the label? Drug overdosing is an issue that has not been addressed as an issue of high importance often, and because it has not, people are not aware of the issue. Why are there so many incidents regarding drug overdose in the first place if these drugs are supposed to serve as relievers to our sicknesses? According to Felice J. Freyer and Lynn Arditi, “the rate of overdose deaths has tripled nationwide since 1990. And since 2009, overdoses have been the top cause of death by unintentional injury — ahead of motor vehicle accidents” (Providencejournal.com). Not only is it shocking that the article states the rate of deaths has surpassed motor vehicle accidents, but they are also unintentional. If these deaths are unintentional, then there has to be another logical explanation to why they are unintentional. Drug overdosing has become a major problem due to the fact that people are not knowledgeable of its effects, and spreading awareness is the key to eliminating the issue. In other words with increased knowledge about the topic alone, the death rate from drug overdose can decrease dramatically. Some other reasons why people overdose on drugs are to intentionally harm or kill

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