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Gen Rx

Educating & Informing today's youth about the dangers of prescription drug abuse
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Leland Turner

on 7 December 2012

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Which of the following is considered Prescription Drug Abuse?
A) Taking a prescription drug that is not prescribed to you.
B) Taking more of a prescription drug than your supposed to.
C) Taking a prescription drug for any reason other than what it was prescribed for.
D) Smashing a prescription drug with a hammer. So what's the Big Deal? Commonly abused Rx medications Percocet (oxycodone)
Vicodin (hydrocodone)
Morphine
Fentanyl These are some of the most abused prescription drugs today. What are the consequences? Painkillers Yes Oxycontin stops pain but
what else does it cause? Sedatives Common Sedatives
Alcohol
Antihistamines
Promethazine (Phenergan)
Hypnotics
Ambien, Lunesta
Benzodiazepines
Xanax (alprazolam)
Klonopin (clonazepam)
Valium (diazepam) How do pain killers work? prescription pain killers such as oxycodone activate opioid receptors in the body's central nervous system. Approved uses:
Anxiety disorder
Panic Attacks
Insomnia
Seizure disorders Adverse effects:
*slowed breathing
depression
dependance We live in a pill-saturated society

There are approximately 3.8 billion prescriptions sold per year in the USA alone. Stimulants Common Stimulants:
Adderall (dextroamphetamine)
Ritalin (methylphenidate)
Vyvanse (lysdexamphetamine) Approved uses
ADD
ADHD
Narcolepsy Adverse Effects:
dry mouth
insomnia
jitteriness
headache Myths Since someone else takes this drug to make them better, it can't hurt me. My friend said this was okay to take You can't OD on hypnotics because you'll just fall asleep first. It's okay to take this with alcohol I take 54 mg of Concerta, so 54 mg of adderall will do the same thing. Addiction
A condition in which a person continues to consume mind altering substances, despite the severe, negative consequences they may cause. Addiction is a DISEASE, not an aspect of will-power If you buy adderall from your friend and take to help you study for a test, you are:
A) Abusing a prescription drug
B) Committing a felony
C) Introducing a potentially harmful substance into your body
D) Winning During football practice yesterday, Peyton got sacked and broke his leg. His doctor gave him a prescription for Hydrocodone-APAP 5mg-500mg. The directions on the bottle say to take 1 to 2 tablets every 6 hours as needed for pain. Peyton's leg is really hurting right now though, so he decides to take 4 tablets at the same time.

Do Peyton's actions constitute Rx Drug Abuse? Logan has a his AP Calculus final tomorrow morning. He's so nervous that he can't sleep. After about 2 hours of tossing and turning, he goes to the medicine cabinet, finds his Dad's Ambien bottle. The directions say "take one pill every night at bedtime" so Logan takes one pill and goes back to bed.

Do Logan's actions constitute Rx Drug abuse? Abuse leads to addiction. I looked this up online and I know how it works now.
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that it's difficult to verify their authenticity." -Abraham Lincoln. Addicts
before and after (graphic images ahead) Prescription drug abuse
causes the largest %
of death from drug
overdosing constipation
drowsiness
slowed breathing What also causes slowed breathing? Alcohol Amy Winehouse - drugs and alcohol Whitney Houston - cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs Take Away: I think I'll try cocaine today It never starts with cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine but abusing one prescription drug can start you on the path changes your thought making process
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