Prescription Drugs: Killing More Than Pain
Sponsor: Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT)/CADCA;
Description: When America entered the new millennium, it entered a new
era in the world of drug abuse. From the streets of the cities to the
secluded family homes in the suburbs, prescription drug abuse is a
problem that's spilling out of pill bottles and into the lives of
millions all across our country. Back in 2000, about 1.5 million
Americans abused prescription drugs.
Two years later, that number quadrupled -- to more than six million. That's a 400% increase.
Thousands of people die each year because they overdose on prescription medications.
Many abusers think they're an FDA-approved high, while others become
addicted after using powerful painkillers to treat legitimate pain.
During this broadcast, learn how abusers are getting their drugs and
how law enforcement, doctors, and pharmacists are fighting the problem.
Hear from recovering addicts, treatment providers, doctors, robbery
victims and more. Prescription drugs kill much more than pain. Program
Objectives: Learn what prescription drugs are abused. Learn how doctors
can better treat pain. See what would help pharmacists spot forged and
- See what tactics work for law enforcement
- Find out what drug companies are doing
where to go for help. Prescription drugs, a category of
psychotherapeutics that comprises prescription-type pain relievers,
tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives, are among the substances most
commonly abused by young people in the United States.
drugs are readily available and can easily be obtained by teenagers
who abuse these drugs to experience a variety of desired effects. Often
these young people are unaware of the serious health risks involved in
abusing prescription drugs. Increasingly younger adolescents obtain
prescription drugs from classmates, friends, and family members, or they
steal the drugs from school medicine dispensaries and from people for
whom the drug had been legitimately prescribed.
Keywords: narcotics. Prescription drugs, which are widely available
and easy to obtain, provide young people with an easily accessible,
inexpensive means of altering their mental and physical state. Abusers
may experience a heightened sense of pleasure, euphoria, drowsiness,
increased energy, or various other effects depending upon the drugs
Young people who abuse prescription drugs put themselves at risk
of experiencing dangerous side effects. Prescription drugs--when taken
as prescribed by a physician--successfully treat a variety of mental
or physical conditions. However, when abused, these drugs can alter the
brain's activity and lead to debilitating or life-threatening health
problems and result in physical or psychological dependence. Public domain video.