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Health Prescription Drugs

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Bethany Walter

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Extreme irritability
Irregular heart beat
Raised blood pressure
Elevated body temperature
Seizures
cardiovascular failure
feelings of paranoia
increased hostility
insomnia
unexplained weight loss
Physical Effects of Prescription Drugs
Mental Effects On Prescription Drugs
Social Effects of Prescription Drugs
Effects on Society
Possible Solutions
Expert Interview
Bibliography
There are three different types of
prescription drugs which affect you in different ways.
Sedative/Tranquilizer
Opiate
Stimulant

Sedative \ Tranquilizer Drug Effects
Feeling Drowsy
Intoxicated appearance
Unsteady movements
Rapid involuntary eye movements
Opiates drug effects
Rapid decrease in blood pressure
Disorientation or confusion
Digestive infections
Shortness of Breath
Cold flashes
Involuntary leg movements
Restlessness
Sharp bone\muscle pains
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Stimulant Drug Effects
3 million Americans a year abuse drugs, often prescribed, that are bought at a local pharmacy
One in four teens has misused a prescription drug at least once (according to 2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study)
Results include increase in crime on streets, particularly in areas where drugs are not a major problem. Law enforcement having to spend more money and time on regulation
Common effects that happen with all three drugs
Confusion
Memory loss
Seizures
Cardiac arrest
Blood pressure spikes or drops
In some cases death
1.) Why do you think people abuse prescription medication as opposed to other types of drugs?
"What Is Drug Abuse?" Teen Health and Wellness. Real Life, Real Answers. Rosen Publishing Group, May 2013. Web. 5 Sept. 2013.
<http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/article/130?search=perscription%20drug%20abuse>.
Website was reviewed by Jen Sutton, LPC, LAC. Website discusses statistics of teen drug use and addiction rates
"Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Your Family." Teen Health and Wellness. Real Life, Real Answers. The Rosan Publishing Institute, June 2012. Web. 5 Sept. 2013.
<http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/article/131?search=perscription%20drug%20abuse>.
Website was reviewed by Wendy Conquest. MA, LPC
Website discusses statistics of drug and alcohol abuse in families
"Prescription Drug Addiction Symptoms and Effects." Prescription Drug Addiction. N.p., 21 July 2012. Web. 28 Oct. 2013.
<http://www.timberlineknolls.com/drug-addiction/prescription-drugs/signs-effects>.
Website was used on the Physical effects section
Website talks about symptoms and causes of prescription drug abuse
"Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing in Teens | Video | Abc11.com." RSS. N.p., Mar.-Apr. 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2013.
<http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/video?id=8975968>.
Website has video
About prescription drug abuse going up in teens
"Straight Talk on Prescription Drugs." Heads Up. Scholastic, 2010. Web. 18 Oct. 2013.
<http://headsup.scholastic.com/articles/straight-talk-on-prescription-drugs>
Website has information about the social aspect of prescription abuse and addiction.
"Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications." National Institute on Drug Abuse. Drug Facts, May 2013. Web. 18 Oct. 2013.
<http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-over-counter-medications>.
Website had information on how certain prescription drug effect brain chemistry.
Prescription medications obviously have different properties than over the counter which make them prescription. A lot of those properties make them more addictive. A lot of people get started on those medications for a legitimate purpose, and a lot of times when they're taken off of those medications, they start to feel with drawl effects. There are effects on the brain which wants them to continue it and then abuse them. That's how people start abusing medications more often than not. Other people obtain them from different sources and they continue on from there.
2.) What is the highest selling prescription drug at Walgreens?
I think statistically it is vicodin.
3.) Since Vicodin, like other pain killers, are the number one abused drug, do you think the ones being prescribed are being used responsibly?
-drug user is more likely to steal from friends and family
-when high, the user is unable to control their actions
-cutting relations if it's what it takes for more of their preferred prescription medication
I think a lot of times, yes, because it is used for a lot of legitimate purposes. We see it used a lot for dental procedures, just small term things. You don't see them long term in a lot of people, but you see just small quantity and small term for a lot of people. A lot of people aren't going to transition over to abuse; they are going to use them for their intended purpose.
4.) What are the dangers behind abusing prescription drugs?
It absolutely depends on the medication. But, abusing a medication comes with a lot of consequences, consequences that could be deadly. Things like liver failure, brain failure, it could cause heart attacks, You hear on the commercials all the time "may cause death", and that is true, especially if it is abused. Now, I know the commercials say that because legally they do have to cover their basis and make the consumer aware of anything that could happen, so that's why they have a large portion of the commercials with side effects because they do have to cover it. But abusing those medications can absolutely lead to any of those consequences.
5.) In general, what makes a prescription drug addictive?
It depends on the person, absolutely. Different people work in different ways. What makes it addictive depends on the medication. A lot of it is chemically in your brain, But a lot of it also comes from that person's personality. A lot of people who tend to abuse or have a history of abusing medications, they also have underlying problems such as depression or other kind of addiction problems, even with things that may be legal such as alcohol or smoking. But it really does depend on person to person.
Renee Casilleja- Walgreens Pharmacist
The dangers of the abuse of prescription medications are shown in severity by their effects on the brain.
-Prescription drug examples on effects with brain chemistry.
-Prescriptions that match more illicit/illegal substances.
Prescription Drugs
Bethany Walter
Courtney Cissell
Katlyn House
Zoey Huey
Education about risks and consequences of prescription drug abuse, particularly for teens
Recently, pharmacies has begun using electronic data transfer (EDT) systems, which immediately allows government officials to easily track data and find patients who may be addicted or doctors who may be inappropriately prescribing drugs
Although it is a long and difficult road to take, there is a way out for every addict. However, addiction is not easily overcome simply by a desire to quit, even though the addict must first want to stop taking the drug. Addictive drugs change the abuser’s body and even alter the structure of the brain.

Abusing some prescription drugs can lead to addiction. You can develop an addiction to:

Narcotic painkillers
Sedatives and tranquilizers
Stimulants
Opioids

Definition: Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor, such as for the feelings you get from the drug. Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend's prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high. Drug abuse may become ongoing and compulsive, despite the negative consequences.
Teens and adults abuse prescription drugs for a number of reasons. Some of these include:

To feel good or get high
To relax or relieve tension
To reduce appetite or increase alertness
To experiment with the mental effects of the substance
To maintain an addiction and prevent withdrawal
To be accepted by peers (peer pressure) or to be social
To try to improve concentration and academic or work performance

Background Information
Examples of serious consequences of prescription drug abuse include the following.

Opioids can cause an increased risk of choking, low blood pressure, a slowed breathing rate and potential for breathing to stop, or a coma.
Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications (anxiolytics) can cause memory problems, low blood pressure and slowed breathing. Overdose can cause coma or death. Abruptly stopping the medication may be associated with withdrawal symptoms that can include hyperactivity of the nervous system and seizures.
Stimulants can cause dangerously high body temperature, heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures or tremors, hallucinations, aggressiveness, and paranoia.
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