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Prescription Drugs: Dangers of Abuse

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Denise Ansley

on 16 September 2015

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Prescription Drugs:
uppers - bennies - black beauties - crosses
hearts - truck drivers - JIF - MPH - "A" Addie - R-ball - skippy - vitamin R
Captain Cody - schoolboy - oxycet - footballs
loads - pancakes & syrup - oxycotton
hillbilly heroin - percs - viks - hydro - pinks
Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States.
Dangers of Abuse
Campus Help
University of Tennessee
College of Pharmacy
Generation Rx
More people die from prescription painkillers than those who die from heroin and cocaine combined
FDA approved for ADHD and Narcolepsy.
"The immense pressure put on students by parents and educators has made taking speed a socially acceptable thing."

- The New York Times, "In Their Own Words, 'Study Drugs'"
Dangers of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Combined
Overdose Associated Symptoms
Melvin, Lindsay. Prescription meds are becoming stimulants of choice on college campuses. The Commercial Appeal. Nov 13,2011. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/nov/13/other-peoples-pills/?print=1

Teter, C. J., McCabe, S. E., LaGrange, K., Cranford, J. A. and Boyd, C. J. (2006), Illicit Use of Specific Prescription Stimulants Among College Students: Prevalence, Motives, and Routes of Administration. Pharmacotherapy, 26: 1501–1510. doi: 10.1592/phco.26.10.1501
University Campus Police
Phone: (901) 678-4357

Student Health Services
200 Hudson Health Center
Phone: (901) 687-2287

Substance Abuse Counseling
Wilder Tower 211 and 214
Phone: (901) 678-2068
What Should I Do If I Suspect Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning or overdosed on drugs?

• Do not wait for all symptoms to be present.
• Be aware that a person who has passed out may die.
• If there is any suspicion of an alcohol or drug overdose, call 911 for help. Don't try to guess the level of drunkenness.
Common myths about sobering up:

Drinking black coffee
Taking a cold bath or shower
Sleeping it off
Walking it off

Only thing that works is TIME.
It is especially easy to succumb to alcohol poisoning without any of the signs before alcohol poisoning. It can happen suddenly without you even knowing it.
•In 2011, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 25% of youth aged 12 to 20 years drink alcohol
Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience:

- School problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades.- Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities.- Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk.- Physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses.- Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity.- Disruption of normal growth and sexual development.- Physical and sexual assault.- Higher risk for suicide and homicide.- Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning.- Memory problems.- Abuse of other drugs.- Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.- Death from alcohol poisoning.
Youth who start drinking before age 15 years are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21 years.
Nonmedical use of Adderall:
1.7% of 8th graders
4.5% of 10th graders
7.6% of 12th graders
1 in 10 high school seniors admits to using prescription painkillers
OxyContin - as powerful as heroin
Fentanyl - 30-40X more powerful than heroin
52% of teenagers think prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs
Teenagers who use prescription painkillers before the age of 18 are 8X more likely to develop a drug dependence as adults.
Tolerance: a physiological state characterized by a decrease in effectiveness of a drug with chronic administration.
Adderall Crash
Teenagers who use recreational prescription pain pills before the age of 18 are 8X more likely to develop drug dependence as an adult
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