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FC: Courtney dial social problems DRUG ABUSE
1: Prescription drug abuse seems to be a huge problem within the community. A lot of college students’ use and abuse prescription drugs. Whether it is for pleasure, running from problems, or possibly trying to overdose. The pictures I chose seem to be the most popular drugs I have personally heard about in college.
3: Adderall, Lortab, Ecstasy, Xanax, and other antidepressants are the drug of choice by most. A lot of the time people will mix the prescription drugs with alcohol to get a better high. I personally had a friend who became addicted to Adderall her second year of college. She would rely on it so much to get through her busy days it became an addiction. She would take 18 hour semesters and use the Adderall to keep her energized. Not only could you start to tell it was taking a toll on her body but she was losing a lot of weight because it suppressed her appetite.Xanax is another commonly used drugs around me. I have worked in restaurants for years and I have noticed a lot of drug abuse within that community.
5: There are people I work with that work for the pleasure of partying and taking pills. "Central nervous system depressants slow down brain function; if combined with other medications that cause drowsiness or with alcohol, heart rate and respiration can slow down dangerously"(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Web Site).
6: Prescription Drug Abuse 2008 University of Notre Dame http://oade.nd.edu/educate-yourself-drugs/prescription-drug-abuse/
7: Antidepressants are an extremely common thing among young adults. Depression is something almost everyone deals with sometime in their life. One of the biggest issues is people taking all of them at once. Antidepressants can cause suicidal thoughts and when that happens it is really easy for someone to overdose on that prescription that is meant to help them to overcome depression. We need to be careful about what we are giving to young adults who may think it is safe to take these pills because they are prescribed by a doctor. Another thing that scares for me for the sake of others who take pills for fun is that a lot of pills look alike and they may think they have a certain pill they can "handle" but they just never know what the pill is and easily overdose. Peer pressure is a huge influence for friends who take pills. Everyone has a different reaction to medicine. What might be safe for one person could be very dangerous to another.
8: Statistics from the National Institute of Health show that a lot of high schools have at least tried a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them by a doctor. We need to turn our focus to the drug addiction and abuse in our community.
9: Reference | 1. ADDERALL 2013 Unknown photographer http://www.dependency.net/learn/adderall/ 2. Xanax 2011 Unknown Photographer www.Thegooddrugsguide.com/xanax 3. Antidepressants Date unknown Photograph by: dani veracity http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/anti-depressants-linked-to-suicide-and-violence 4. Ecstacy (MDMA) March 9, 2009 Photograph: Kimberley Mok http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/ecstasy-mdma-threatens-rare-cambodian-tree.html 5.Prescription drug abuse 7.30.2009 copyright mris http://www.usmessageboard.com/health-and-lifestyle/207859-prescription-drug-use-is-killing-more-people-than-heroin.htm l 6. Lorcet and Addiction September 18, 2007 Tom Breen http://www.addictionsearch.com/_media/addictionsearch/stock/430_238/lorcet.jpg 7. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). NIDA topics in brief: Substance abuse among the military, veterans, and their families. Bethesda, MD: NIDA; 2009 Jul [cited 2010 Apr 22]. Available from: http://www.drugabuse.gov/tib/vet.html