By Christina Snider – Staff Writer
With all of the medical advancements in the United States, it seems as if more and more individuals are using prescription drugs for a whole host of different reasons. Even though prescription drugs might be beneficial for some who are struggling with a life-threatening illness, there are plenty of others who perish because of them every year. With 32,000 Americans dying every year, you would think something more could be done about this tragic epidemic.
Do Prescription Drugs Do Their Job?
If the drugs are taken as intended, the patient will generally see an improvement in their overall condition. To make sure the patient’s condition does improve, the doctor will often consider their age, weight and any other health conditions the individual might have. Once they have an idea of the whole picture, they can determine what drug and dosage should be given to the individual.
Since the dosage is so dependent upon the actual patient, it is more important than ever not to share medication with anyone else. If the doctor prescribes pills to a man who is in his 40s and weighs 250-pounds, the same medication shouldn’t be given to his wife who is 150-pounds. With their bodies being so completely different, the effects could be detrimental.
What’s the Whole Point of Prescription Drugs?
When it comes to prescription drugs, they are aimed at treating all of the symptoms that need to be addressed through the creation of neurotransmitters in your brain. While they are supposed to make you feel better, they can also lead to an increased chance of your becoming addicted to those drugs. Addictions can make you abuse the drugs when you don’t have any symptoms that need to be treated. In turn, it gives you a feeling of euphoria.
One of the biggest misconceptions about prescription drugs is that people assume it is safe to take just because their doctor prescribed it for them. However, these drugs are only safe and legal when the patient they were prescribed for is taking them according to the guidelines provided on the medication from the physician.
There is a reason why doctors give specific instructions on how to take a medication. They know how long the medication is going to work, when all of the effects of it are going to kick in and how long it takes to work its way through your digestive tract. While this knowledge might benefit those who are supposed to be taking the medication, it doesn’t do any good for those who are abusing the medication without knowing what all it can do to you.
For example, Oxycontin is one of the most widely abused drugs around. Many people are crushing and snorting this pill just to get instantaneous results from it, without ever thinking about all of the repercussions in doing so. By doing this, it could end up causing an overdose, and potentially even death. If you aren’t taking the prescription any longer, you need to dispose of it properly. Don’t allow someone else to take the medication, especially when it wasn’t prescribed for them. If everyone were to do their part, the chance of overdosing and abusing prescription drugs would be significantly reduced.