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Prescription+Drug+Abuse_final paper

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Final Project: Prescription Drug Abuse Megan Waddell Com/220-Research Writing March 13 th , 2010 Michelle Turecek
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Prescription drug abuse is most common amongst the younger generation, which leads to adulthood addiction. Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic across the United States, destroying and affecting many lives of young Americans. Some people think that because a doctor prescribes the drugs that they will get them to their high quicker. Others believe that they are safe and less addictive than street drugs. There are people who experiment with them thinking they will be fun, make them fit in or even lose weight. These three types of people are incorrect and are usually the one’s who abuse prescription drugs. Prescription drug abuse is most common amongst the younger generation, which leads to adulthood addiction. When you have trouble with your small child, do you just lock him in his room until he gets older? When you take a sip of a scalding hot drink and burn your tongue, do you just proceed to take another sip? When you are watching television and a program comes on that you find to be incredibly disturbing, do you just continue to watch that show for the next hour or so? I would think not! One of the most profound problems that ruins our society is drug addiction. Along with drug addiction, comes those who offend and have multiple run-ins with the law. For some reason, which I have still not come to an understanding with, our country deals with these drug-addicted offenders by placing them in jails for a year or possibly longer; only to have them come back out to society when their sentence is over. They are still drug-addicts and so they return to the street only to commit another crime. From here the cycle of crime, arrest, jail, and return to
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society continues; solving nothing in the manic process. Therefore, placing drug-addicted offenders in jails fails to confront the major problem in today’s society. Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. The National Institutes of Health estimates that nearly 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. ( Prescription-drug abuse.org, 2009 ) Drugs, mostly prescriptions, are very popular amongst teenagers. Some teenagers
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