According to the newest research conducted by the Centre for Disease Control, pharmaceutical drugs have killed more people than the illegal drugs. Moreover, pharmaceutical overdoses are responsible for killing 22,767 people in 2013 which is twice more than the drug overdose deaths. Those overdose drug deaths happened as a result of vehicle crashes because of severe injuries of young people aged from 25-52.
In an article published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, there was stated that prescription drug abuse has a profound effect on the American youth. This effect was called ‘epidemic’ by the CDC.
The authors of this study – Scot Burton of the University of Arkansas, Gina Hijjawi of American Institutes for Research, Richard Netemeyer of the University of Virginia, and Barbara Delaney of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have asked 1,000 teenagers about their consumption of several drugs, including legal and illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
They have come to several conclusions:
1) Stress and anxiety lead to pharmaceutical abuse.
2) Prescription drug abuse increases when alcohol is abused as well
3) Prescription drug abuse is more prevalent among teenagers who abused illegal drugs
4) The pressure to be a ‘good kid’ or the desire to be popular influenced heavily the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
The authors wrote that teenagers need help before they start using these prescription drugs. Adults who will spot that a teen has a high level of anxiety they should realize immediately that those teenagers are more likely to prescription abuse.
The exceptional risk might be male teens who have a desire to become popular among their pals. Campaigns should target not just the teens, but their parents as well.
On the basis of the report made by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 20% of teenagers try prescription drugs every single year. In addition, they took those drugs from friends and family with legal prescriptions.
The authors add that FDA considers these prescription drugs as a blessed thing, influencing parents and children that these substances are beneficial, safe, and popular.
New York Times published an article on this subject where it was stated that pharmaceutical advertisements can be found everywhere saying that there is ‘pill for every ill’ leading to indiscriminate prescribing by doctors.
It seems that those organizations which lead the way in the battle against the prescription drug abuse, have a direct fight on their own hands.