Reducing Drug Addiction: Prescription Drug Regulation

there are not enough prescription drug regulations going on hereA drug doesn’t have to be manufactured in someone’s basement to be dangerous; pharmacy drug abuse has become a huge problem in the United States. Many people may think that abusing  medications from the pharmacy is safer than abusing other illicit substances because they have been prescribed by a doctor, but misusing prescription drugs carries many of the same risks as using illegal substances.

Like all drugs, prescription medication can become addictive if taken for too long. Abusing prescription drugs can also lead to health problems such as irregular heartbeats, seizures, hostility, paranoia, and even infections with HIV or other agents in cases where pills are dissolved and injected into a vein. (Mayo Clinic)

Teens and prescription drugs

Teens 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 States

To combat this growing problem, the US government and individual state governments have implemented new prescription drug regulations. (National Conference of State Legislatures)

Monitoring programs

 All 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.

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Tamper-resistant paper

Doctors must use tamper-resistant paper when writing a prescription so that prescriptions cannot be easily forged.

Immunity laws

 Some 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 review

 Doctors must examine a patient or review their patient history before prescribing a controlled substance.

Education

The Obama Administration has pushed for greater education for parents, youth, and patients about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

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If 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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