prescription drug abuse

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Prescription Drug Abuse, or pill addiction as it is commonly called, and, ultimately, ‘pill withdrawal’ have been with us since doctors began prescribing drugs, but has become more widespread since the advent of the ‘repeat prescription’ or ‘refill’, whereby patients can have a prescription renewed without having to visit their doctor. This can be as simple for many people as visiting a pharmacy and filling out a form giving their name, address and the drug they want. This is then returned to the surgery for the doctor to countersign. The problem is that these can often be signed as routine, rather than consideration being given to the need, and so facilitating prescription drug abuse.

If a certain patient begins to request repeats more often, would this be noticed? Theoretically it should, but in practice it is frequently not. Not, that is, until the next review. Frequently, twelve repeats are allowed before the patient must again speak to the doctor personally to review the treatment. Prescription drug abuse, and resultant pill withdrawal symptoms, are generally overlooked by the medical profession.

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Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue that has resulted in a number of deaths and criminal activity. As a result of the growing trend in prescription drug abuse, pharmacies and doctors have had to take extra precautions when issuing prescriptions for certain types of medications. Unfortunately, this has made it more difficult for those that truly need the medication to meet their health needs.

Although nearly every type of prescription drug is likely to be abused in one way or another, there are some types of prescription drugs that are abused more frequently than others. These include opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants.

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There is a new drug pusher in town. He does not hang out down the alley or on the street corner. And it is not heroin or crack this time. The drugs are what most people would call medicines and more teens abuse them than of all types of illicit drugs combined, excepting only marijuana.

This time the pusher is hanging out much closer to home. In fact, he is right there in the house. Online drug stores are offering all the prescription drugs that are available in your local pharmacy. They are happy to dispense any controlled drug at a price much higher than one would pay at a regular drug store-often more than double that price- and an estimated 85% of these sites require no prescriptions or positive identification.

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