Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs come next to marijuana and alcohol abuse in teens aged 14 and above in America. These are commonly abused because of the wrong notion that it is safer than illicit drugs.
Cleveland city leaders recently launched a billboard campaign against prescription drug abuse. The billboard aims to direct the community to an available hotline number for assistance, according to a news report. It also plans to bring awareness to the general public through education, prevention programs, and tools to lessen and improve prescribing practices.
Most prescription pills that are abused are painkillers or opioids, depressants, morphines, stimulants and sleeping pills. Most of these drugs are in the tablet form and should be taken orally. The abusers pound it and they either snort the substance or inject it directly to the bloodstream.
Prescription drug abuse has now become an epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is becoming a gateway to heroin addiction, which posts high risks to health issues.
The abuse may be done intentionally or unconsciously. These are taken for reasons and amounts not allowed and intended by doctors. These have pleasurable effects and can be readily available. One can easily go doctor shopping to accumulate the pills. It can cloud a person’s judgment and reasoning ability and may lead to unsafe sex, pregnancy, abortion, STDs and vehicular accidents.
Overdosing on painkillers now surpasses murders and car accidents in terms of death tolls.