For several years, I have actually been witness to the boosting accessibility of medications to teens in the U.S. I have gone on the air and in print asking for parents to be more knowledgeable about substance abuse as well as the risks that could establish from it.
We have seen numerous scientific researches that highlight the physical damages– both to our brain as well as to our cardio system– from drug abuse. Inning accordance with a research study from the Centers for Condition Control as well as Prevention in September, fatalities from medicine overdose and also misuse now exceed deaths from automobile accidents in the U.S. The stats disclosed the first time that drugs exceeded auto crashes as one of the leading causes of death because the government initially began tracking drug-related fatalities in 1979.
These realities additionally revealed the ever-growing trend of substance abuse amongst American adults, and a lot more importantly, teenagers.
Inning accordance with reports, teen drug abuse has been on the rise over the past years. A report launched Wednesday by The Partnership at Drugfree.org showed that “heavy” cannabis use amongst teens is up 80 percent, with one in 10 teenagers reporting that they use the drug a minimum of 20 times a month.
A much more disturbing trend is the rise of prescription substance abuse. According to the National Institute on Substance abuse, prescription and also over the counter drugs are some of one of the most typically mistreated drugs by secondary school elders. A study of teens by the CDC in 2009 located that one in 5 teenagers had actually taken prescription drugs without a medical professional’s prescription.
Some of the most generally mistreated prescription medicines consist of discomfort awesomes, with over 5.1 million individuals taking them non-medically in 2010. According to the National Info Facility for Discomfort Medication Addiction, over 40 million painkiller prescriptions were offered in 1991.
The factor for all this abuse: We have actually come to be too relaxed on the circulation of these medications.
Let me tell you a story that happened to me just recently.
Numerous months earlier, I started to get telephone call from a major pharmacy chain asking me for my approval for a medicine prescription. According to this pharmacologist, it was the 3rd time I had actually hired a prescription for this painkiller that week, as well as they should validate it.
To my shock, this prescription was written to an individual I had actually never ever become aware of before. It was a man’s name, which was a lot more dubious since I am a gynecologist and also don’t treat guys.
When I asked the pharmacologist why I was not informed sooner concerning this pain reliever prescription, he told me they did not need to notify me. It appears that any person with the appropriate ID numbers can get in touch with the phone impersonating my identity as well as can buy any of these narcotics over the phone.
When I called the drug store board of the state, they agreed that there’s no device of checks and balances when it concerns prescriptions loaded over the phone as long as the info given is correct. So it appears that medical professional identification is alive and also well.