We hear about how a person died in a car accident or from a heart attack, but what about a prescription drug overdose? Last week, students across the nation discussed prescription drug abuse and ways we should address the issue. In our #DoNowPills post, we asked students Why do you think prescription painkiller abuse is more of a problem in certain areas? What does prescription drug abuse look like where you live? What do you think could be done to address the problem?
In light of the recent deaths of Corey Moneith and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, more and more people have drawn their attention to heroin use and overdose deaths. Often, prescription drug abuse shifts into a heroin addiction, making addiction specialists wonder about the underlining causes of this growing problem. While many factors play a part in the increased activity of drug abuse, it can be argued that one of the central problems is how people assume the drugs are safe as they are prescribed by a doctor.
Throughout the week, students discussed ways to address the issue, why certain areas are more affected than others and also what the problem looks like in their own cities. Most students argued that the easy accessibility of the drug is the main problem and people need to be more educated about the risks behind prescription pills.
How Did this Become a Problem?
Students discussed a wide variety of reasons why prescription drug addiction has increased.
— kell (@Kellimccarthy_) March 21, 2014
— Paige Ambrose (@paigeypie033) March 21, 2014
— Jacob Hanawalt (@AHA_FrickinLame) March 21, 2014
Several students specifically commented on how easy it is for people to get the drugs.
Doctors need to be more hesitant when prescribing painkillers because people can take them to an excess which can be harmful #DoNowPills
— Charlie (@cabiezzi) March 19, 2014
— Ashlynn Dill (@AshlynnDill) March 21, 2014
— Jordyn Aho (@JordynAho) March 19, 2014
Where does this happen?
Many students argued about why the issue is more prevalent in some areas, but not others.
— Sessi (@Sessi123456789) March 17, 2014
— Salimatou Soumare (@_Salimatou) March 17, 2014
— Mia johnson (@miaj62699) March 22, 2014
What about your area?
Some even discussed what the issue looked like in their hometown.
— Chloe de Guzman (@xchloedeguzmanx) March 17, 2014
— chyna banks (@AHA_Chy) March 21, 2014
So, What Can Be Done?
They proposed different ways to help address prescription drug abuse.
— Felix Beaudry (@faethebeast) March 21, 2014
— Kareem Mathias (@KareemMathias1) March 21, 2014
— Andy Li (@CrimsonJaeger) March 20, 2014
We Need More Education!
However, many argued there should be more education about the risks behind pills.
— Nora Wijmans (@nwijmans) March 17, 2014
— Katherine (@kjab15) March 19, 2014
— Shelby Kim (@pawprint123) March 19, 2014