Teens and prescription drugsTeens are the most at risk for abusing prescription drugs, perhaps in part because they can often access things like ADHD medication through friends and classmates. After marijuana, prescription drugs are the second most abused drug group for teenagers. Pharmacy drugs aren’t just a youth problem, though. Elderly people are also at risk for prescription drug abuse because many have multiple prescriptions from different doctors and may begin abusing their medication to cope with pain, sleeping problems, or sadness from the loss of loved ones.
Prescription Drug Regulation in the United StatesTo combat this growing problem, the US government and individual state governments have implemented new prescription drug regulations. (National Conference of State Legislatures)
Monitoring programsAll states now have a prescription drug monitoring program that allows pharmacists and law enforcement to track when and where people are filling drug prescriptions. This helps determine if people are visiting multiple pharmacies to fill multiple prescriptions.
Tamper-resistant paperDoctors must use tamper-resistant paper when writing a prescription so that prescriptions cannot be easily forged.
Immunity lawsSome states have immunity laws. This means that individuals seeking help for themselves or others following a prescription drug overdose will not face harsh legal punishments.
Doctor reviewDoctors must examine a patient or review their patient history before prescribing a controlled substance.
EducationThe Obama Administration has pushed for greater education for parents, youth, and patients about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Get helpIf you believe that you have become addicted to a prescription medication, or you have been abusing a pharmacy drug that was never prescribed to you, it’s important to educate yourself about the risks of prescription drug abuse and to seek addiction treatment.
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