The majority of prescription medications in America are taken safely and properly by the intended recipient, but the growing trend of prescription drug abuse among teenagers and young adults can make many of these medications dangerous and even lethal.
Ritalin is a prescription drug that is frequently abused by young people. This drug is a stimulant that is prescribed to children for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A 2009 report showed that over 10% of high school seniors admitted using some form of a stimulant within the past year, and almost 25% of college students admit abusing their medications (like Ritalin and Adderall) as either a study aid or for pleasure.
Law enforcement and military personnel often use computer simulators as training tools.
A new simulator app will help doctors spot drug abusers who are doctor shopping in search of prescription painkillers like OxyContin. The simulator, which was recently described in The New York Times, uses a video game format to help doctors learn how to tell when patients are lying about their medical conditions and pain symptoms.
Due to the rise in prescription drug abuse, the number of drug-related deaths in the U.S. now outnumbers traffic fatalities, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Although the number of deaths from most preventable causes is declining across the nation, the death toll from drugs is steadily rising. Every 14 minutes, someone in America dies from drugs.
We are working on a few items about the unbelievable prescription drug epidemic to be published soon. It is so noticeable that the drugs people are getting high with are manufactured legally…. and offer the same results as previous “illicit” or “hardcore street drugs.”
The question is, “Who’s minding the shop?” When it comes to the FDA in approving these drugs and the lack of coordination with law enforcement and regulation of the pharmacy industry, there has been a complete breakdown and failure in communication.