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Running head: FINAL PROJECT1Final ProjectStephanie A. VegaSouthern New Hampshire University
FINAL PROJECT2Getting StartedI have chosen to address the problem of Prescription Drug Abuse Among Rural Teens. When we think about the drug abuse we automatically think of big cities, but now in rural areas outside of the city there's no shortage either. Teenagers in these rural areas are now able to get their hands on these pain killers and abuse them. The problem has become why these teens from rural areas have become so much more likely to abuse painkillers, then any other youth. A preventative measure that could be taken is by implementing easily accessible medical treatment centers with stricter guidelines. This would ensure hospitals and physicians abide by these measures regardless of location. That can reduce the availability of these painkiller and therefore, decreasing the high percentage of rural teens abusing them.Opposite to contrary belief, according to data from a nationwide survey (Gever, 2010) showed that out of nearly 18,000 teenagers, 13.0% of rural teens reported non medical use of prescription drugs, compared with 11.5% of teens living in suburban or small metropolitan-area counties and 10.3% of those in urban areas. It is imperative that we Americans come up with a plan to prevent the use of drugs use among teens. (Texas A&M University, 2016) Between 2000 and 2014, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (both opioid pain relievers and heroin) increased 200 percent, resulting in the deaths of 28,647 Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with a 14 percent increase from 2013 to 2014 alone. Deaths from prescription painkillers alone quadrupled since 1999, killing more than 16,000 people in the United States in 2013. If this isn't a reason to come up with a better plan, I don't knowwhat is.
FINAL PROJECT3The first source, “The Role of Traumatic Event History in Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs,” includes data that factors in reasons why people use prescription drugs for non-medical use. The goal of this (McCauley et al., 2009) research was to talk to the reader about predicting variables of the different types reasoning’s and how its associate's to drug use to try to prevent and/or end the use of non-medical prescription drugs in teens. The researchers (McCauley et al., 2009) achieved their goal by allowing us to see the results of more than one study done nationally and the different contributing factors and variables and how it plays a role in drug abuse among teenagers. This source draws on the concept of social norms. This source uses the concept of social norms in the sense that from the findings of this study, it showed the risk factors of teens "friends" use and availability of controlled substances were significant predictors of non medical use ofprescription drugs as well as use of the other three substances (alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana). Therefore, "friends" use being forewarning of non medical prescription drug use is consistent with this factor’s prediction. Similarly, perceived availability is often