For years, I have actually been witness to the raising availability of medicines to teens in the United States I have broadcast and also in print asking for moms and dads to be extra familiar with substance abuse as well as the threats that can establish from it.
We have actually seen countless clinical studies that highlight the physical damage– both to our brain as well as to our cardiovascular system– from substance abuse. According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control as well as Prevention in September, fatalities from medication overdose and also misuse now go beyond deaths from car crashes in the U.S. The data exposed the very first time that medications surpassed automobile accidents as one of the leading causes of death considering that the government initially started tracking drug-related fatalities in 1979.
These realities additionally revealed the ever-growing trend of substance abuse amongst American adults, and also more importantly, teenagers.
According to reports, teen drug abuse has actually gotten on the surge over the past decade. A report launched Wednesday by The Collaboration at Drugfree.org showed that “hefty” marijuana use among young adults is up 80 percent, with one in 10 teenagers reporting that they use the medicine a minimum of 20 times a month.
An even more disturbing pattern is the surge of prescription drug abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription as well as over the counter medicines are a few of the most frequently mistreated medications by secondary school senior citizens. A survey of young adults by the CDC in 2009 found that one in five young adults had taken prescription medications without a medical professional’s prescription.
Some of the most frequently mistreated prescription medications consist of pain awesomes, with over 5.1 million individuals taking them non-medically in 2010. According to the National Info Center for Pain Medicine Addiction, over 40 million painkiller prescriptions were offered in 1991.
The factor for every one of this abuse: We have actually ended up being too unwinded on the flow of these medicines.
Let me tell you a tale that occurred to me recently.
A number of months earlier, I began to obtain phone calls from a significant pharmacy chain asking me for my authorization for a painkiller prescription. Inning accordance with this pharmacologist, it was the third time I had hired a prescription for this pain reliever that week, and also they should verify it.
To my shock, this prescription was written to a person I had never ever become aware of previously. It was a guy’s name, which was a lot more questionable because I am a gynecologist and do not deal with males.
When I asked the pharmacist why I was not alerted earlier concerning this painkiller prescription, he informed me they did not have to alert me. It shows up that anybody with the right ID numbers can contact the phone impersonating my identity and also could purchase any of these narcotics over the phone.
When I called the pharmacy board of the state, they concurred that there’s no system of checks as well as balances when it concerns prescriptions filled over the phone as long as the details provided is proper. So it seems that physician identity is alive and well.