Prescription drugs are meant to relieve us from some particular pain or health condition. Because they must be recommended by a doctor, prescription drugs are not as accessible as over the counter drugs. Most prescription drugs are pain relievers so people always find a way to get them so they can use them for some sort of stress relief.
Painkillers are actually the most abused prescription drugs in America today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),, more than 70 percent of teenagers get these prescription drugs from the friends and relatives; and not from the doctor as it ought to be.
Apart from relieving their pain, American teens go for prescription drugs illegally because they want to be courageous, and also because they want to improve on their academic performance. Some others try these drugs to lose weight, while others simply bow to peer pressure.
Unfortunately, prescription drugs tend to kill many young Americans, especially when they abuse their consumption of the drug. Let’s look at five prescription drugs that are killing Americans today.
This is one of the medications Americans consume to improve on their academic performance. Adderall is a performance enhancer in ADHD patients. Many Americans however take it to them improve on their concentration. When on Adderall, you lose appetite. Because of this, many Americans take it like a weight loss drug. The drug unfortunately could lead to heart failure when taken abusively.
Vicodin, a central nervous system depressant is one prescription medication that kills many Americans. Known to have been tried by at least 1 in 5 American teenagers, abusers of the drug consume it with alcohol, making it even more deadly.
Oxycontin is probably more widely used than any other prescription medication in America. The narcotic pain killer contains Oxycodone whose effects are not too different from the effects of heroine. The drug is therefore meant to be taken in controlled doses. That unfortunately is not the case with young Americans. They abuse they drug and death becomes the end result.
Another very common prescription medication, valium creates a soothing effect on those who take it. It is quite often used as a sedative and will lead to constant seizures if an addict attempts to withdraw from it. It is one considerable cause of death among American teens.
Xanax is similar to Valium but is used primarily to treat anxiety disorders. When combined with alcohol, the drug can be deadly. That unfortunately is what many young Americans do. Before they know it, death has come knocking.
These prescription drugs are no doubt lethal and they continue to kill many American teenagers who experiment them. The problem definitely centers on addiction.