Pharmacies and pharmacists are not immune to substance abuse. With the access they have and the professional livelihood at risk, it is important for ethical use of their position. Not only with themselves but with how drugs are dispensed.
The article, “Substance Abuse Poses Challenges in Pharmacies” by Ned Milenkovich states,
“A state pharmacy board generally does not allow a pharmacist to resume practicing if evidence shows that the individual in question has been involved in substance abuse. ”
Substance abuse unfortunately is a common theme in schools. Where education and security should be highest, the lure of drugs and addiction linger. This sad reality is something that needs fixed and through committed individuals, the war against drugs will one day be won.
The article, “Combating Substance Abuse in Schools” discusses the war on drugs in school and the uphill battle schools face. The article states,
“In recent years there have been significant increases in alcohol, drug and substance abuse across the country. This abuse has significantly impacted K-12 school-age students as well as those pursuing postsecondary education.”
Substance abuse and addiction cause havoc to the brain. The brain’s downward spiral as drugs destroy the mind body and spirit is a horrible cycle. Substance Abuse Counseling can help individuals overcome the abuse and find a better way to stop destroying their body and life.
Addiction like a monster starts with a perfectly innocent child and then starts the destructive process. The article, “Addiction often begins with a ‘beautiful’ boy or girl” by Robert Dupont illustrates the destruction of addiction and how it targets the most innocent. The article states,
“In the American mind, drug addiction happens only to people “born under a bad sign.” That’s just not true. Worse, it implies that success in life protects individuals from addiction. Throughout my 50-year career working on drug abuse prevention and treatment, I’ve often seen drug addiction befall every kind of person.”
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A very indepth detail of substance abuse with illicit substances for adolescents and young adults shows some staggering figures that need corrected. Why are young adults and adolescents turning to these substances? Maybe better family life, better role models and better coping strategies are the answer? Whatever the answer, America has a huge problem as our younger population turn to drugs for a variety of answers. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Training.
The article and report, ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT SUBSTANCE .Federal Grants for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services and for Research, states,
“About 16 percent of adolescents and 38 percent of young adults used illicit substances in 2016. Most young adults who develop substance use disorders begin using in adolescence.
There are federal grants that fund drug addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults. But most of the stakeholders we talked to believed that there are too few studies about drug addiction treatment for adolescents, too few providers to treat these patients, and too few services to sustain their recovery.”
Substance abuse alters behaviors that are safe to a long life. It is not just physically dangerous but also behaviorally dangerous. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Training
The article, Substance abuse raises risk of premature death, by Appolonia Adeyemi states,
“Adolescents with serious conduct and substance use problems are five times more likely to die prematurely than their peers. Findings of a new study presented in the journal ‘Addiction,’ shows that substance- related deaths were the most common among teenagers indulging in substance abuse, in addition to traffic-related deaths, suicides and deaths resulting from assaults.”
The education of parents is very important in the battle against underage teen drinking.
The article, Educating parents, youth about underage substance abuse, by LOU FANCHER states
“Alcohol and drug prevention handouts distributed at five Contra Costa Behavioral Health regional community forums paint a not-pretty picture: youths in the large county’s five regions are experimenting at younger ages with more substances than ever before.”
Good article about the unique issues that women face in regards to substance abuse.
The article, “Women face unique challenges with substance abuse” by Pam Stolz states
“Addiction is one of the most difficult battles to face for both men and women. But when it comes to the development of substance abuse and treatment approaches for women, gender does indicate key differences.”
Warning Label: Most Addictive Prescriptions on the Market Today
Prescription medications are among the most abused substances in the United State. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) about 16 million people report using a prescription drug for a nonmedical reason. Stimulants, depressants, and opiates are the most commonly abused prescriptions. Opiates, in particular, are part of a major epidemic in the U.S. The following are the most addictive prescription pain medications currently on the market.
Hydrocodone (codeine) is a pain reliever that may be prescribed alone or combined with ibuprofen or aspirin. Hydrocodone is an opiate drug derived from poppy. When abused, codeine can cause euphoria as well as intense withdrawal symptoms.
Oxycodone, sometimes simply called oxy and sold under the brand name OxyContin, is also an opiate painkiller derived from poppy. This drug is usually formulated with ibuprofen or another over-the-counter pain medication and prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone can cause a euphoric effect and many people who become addicted do so while using it according to their doctor’s instruction. Oxycodone users are at risk of both physical and psychological dependence.
Percocet, a brand name of oxycodone, is a notoriously addictive medication that can lead to heart failure when taken in excessive amounts to produce the sense of euphoria. People who take Percocet or OxyContin are at risk of physical dependency after just a couple of weeks, even when taken as prescribed.
Fentanyl is a highly potent and addictive painkiller. As with other opiates, fentanyl can cause euphoria, lethargy, and mellowness. This synthetic drug is about 50-100 times more powerful than morphine and is usually prescribed for severe pain, such as pain following surgery. The NIDA warns that the heroin epidemic of the last few years is now leading the way to a fentanyl epidemic. This drug has killed 47,000 people between 2014 and 2016.
Sold under the brand name Demerol, meperidine has a similar effect as an opiate but it is a synthetic drug created in a lab. Demerol is usually prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. While it was designed to be less addictive than most opiates, it has a high potential of dependency. Meperidine can lead to euphoria as well as confusion, seizures, and delirium.
Physicians can take many steps to reduce prescription abuse in their practice. This includes using databases like MedPro Systems that adhere to PDMA regulations and watching for warning signs of drug abuse in patients. The PDMA regulates pharmaceutical samples and has more information about regulations on their site. If you are worried about the painkillers you’ve been prescribed, talk to your doctor about the possible side effects and addictive tendencies they have.
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