Prescription Drug Abuse
According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 15 million people in the United States abuse prescription drugs. The study shows 54.2% of prescription drug users acquire them for free either from friends or relatives, and think that these drugs are safer than “street drugs” because they were not purchased off of the street.
The illusion that prescription drugs are ‘safe’ because a doctor prescribes them couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the neurotransmitters affected when taking prescription drugs are the same as the neurotransmitters affected when taking illicit street drugs. The only difference between the two is that the prescription drugs are usually at a higher potency than the street drugs, meaning that abusing prescription drugs can sometimes lead to quicker overdoses or death. In 2013 alone, more than 22,000 people died from prescription overdose in the U.S.
The rapid increase of people addicted to prescription drug’s can be gut wrenching to witness, and almost indescribable to experience.