In health class, we read a short section on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. We spent about 10 minutes on the subject, and then moved onto…
In health class, we read a short section on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. We spent about 10 minutes on the subject, and then moved onto other topics. Ten minutes on an issue that needs to be addressed because abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem. I’ve seen PSAs on TV about methamphetamine addiction and being an anti-drug teenager in general, but there’s been little on TV about prescription drug abuse and addiction. With abuse of these technically legal drugs rising, people should be more informed about the issue. The information is available, but the issue isn’t getting as much attention in mainstream media as it warrants. The problem is that because these are prescription drugs that can be abused they’re deemed more acceptable by some people. Someone could assume that because something is prescribed by a health professional that it’s all right to use it for other purposes. However, what most don’t realize are the damages chronic abuse of prescription drugs can incur on our bodies.
As with any abuse of a substance or addiction to a substance, though, the issue at hand isn’t at all simply an issue of information and misinformation, and there are many other complications that go along with the issue.