For years, I have actually been witness to the enhancing availability of medications to teenagers in the U.S. I have actually broadcast and in print asking for parents to be much more aware of substance abuse as well as the dangers that could develop from it.
We have seen numerous scientific researches that highlight the physical damage– both to our mind and also to our cardiovascular system– from substance abuse. According to a research from the Centers for Condition Control and Avoidance in September, deaths from drug overdose and abuse now exceed deaths from automobile crashes in the U.S. The data revealed the first time that medications surpassed vehicle mishaps as one of the leading causes of death given that the government initially began tracking drug-related fatalities in 1979.
These facts also revealed the ever-growing trend of drug abuse among American grownups, and much more notably, teens.
Inning accordance with reports, teenager drug abuse has been on the increase over the past years. A record released Wednesday by The Collaboration at Drugfree.org showed that “hefty” marijuana use among teenagers is up 80 percent, with one in 10 teenagers reporting that they use the medication at the very least 20 times a month.
An even more disturbing fad is the rise of prescription drug abuse. According to the National Institute on Substance abuse, prescription and non-prescription drugs are a few of the most commonly mistreated medications by secondary school elders. A study of teenagers by the CDC in 2009 found that in five teenagers had taken prescription medications without a doctor’s prescription.
A few of the most commonly over used prescription drugs include pain killers, with over 5.1 million individuals taking them non-medically in 2010. According to the National Info Center for Pain Drug Dependency, over 40 million medicine prescriptions were given in 1991. That number jumped to over 200 million in 2009. That is a substantial quantity of pain relievers for a country of just over 300 million individuals.
The reason for every one of this misuse: We’ve become as well loosened up on the circulation of these medicines.
Let me inform you a story that occurred to me recently.
Numerous months ago, I began to get telephone call from a significant drug store chain asking me for my approval for a medicine prescription. According to this pharmacologist, it was the 3rd time I had actually contacted a prescription for this medicine that week, and they should validate it.
To my surprise, this prescription was contacted a person I had never come across in the past. It was a man’s name, which was a lot more questionable considering that I am a gynecologist as well as do not treat males.
When I asked the pharmacologist why I was not informed quicker regarding this painkiller prescription, he informed me they did not have to notify me. It appears that any person with the ideal ID numbers could get in touch with the phone posing my identification as well as could purchase any one of these narcotics over the phone.
When I called the drug store board of the state, they concurred that there’s no system of checks and also equilibriums when it pertains to prescriptions filled up over the phone as long as the info given is appropriate. So it appears that medical professional identification is alive and well.