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.

Easy Accessibility

Several students specifically commented on how easy it is for people to get the drugs.

Where does this happen?

Many students argued about why the issue is more prevalent in some areas, but not others.

What about your area?

Some even discussed what the issue looked like in their hometown.

So, What Can Be Done?

They proposed different ways to help address prescription drug abuse.

We Need More Education!

However, many argued there should be more education about the risks behind pills.

Prescription Pills Are Too Accessible 8 March,2017Laura Robledo



Laura Robledo

Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

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