Prescription drug abuse

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Prescription drug abuse

  1. 1. Prescription Drug Abuse<br />On College Campuses<br />
  2. 2. Basics about Prescription Drug Abuse<br />
  3. 3. What is Prescription Drug Abuse?<br />Legal definition<br />Prescription drug abuse is the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor. <br />On Campuses<br />Using prescribed pills as stimulants to stay awake<br />Buying and selling prescribed pills to students who don’t have prescriptions<br />The recreational use of prescribed drugs<br />
  4. 4. What is being abused?<br />Opioids<br />Strong Painkillers, Such as OxyCotin<br />Depressants<br />Used to treat anxiety and other disorders<br />Stimulants<br />Used to treat ADHD and Depression<br />
  5. 5. Alarming amount of Abusers<br />Approximately 52 million Americans aged 12 or older have abused prescription drugs<br />More than 50% of all prescription drugs that were abused came from friends or family <br />Up to 25% of college students abuse prescribed drugs<br />
  6. 6. Prescription drugs and Universities<br />
  7. 7. Effects on College Campuses<br />Stimulants are abundant on Campuses because they are used as study aids<br />Abusing Prescription drugs is known to be a gateway to other risky behavior<br />Popular drugs, such as Adderall, are known to increase crime on campus<br />
  8. 8. Effects on Students<br />Any student that starts abusing prescription drugs is 5 times more likely to develop a drug abuse problem<br />Students that abuse prescription drugs are also more likely to combine it with other substance abuses, such as alcohol<br />
  9. 9. Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse<br />
  10. 10. Dangers of Abusing Pills<br />Stimulants are known to lead to health problems such as:<br />Paranoia<br />Heart Failure<br />Fatal Seizures <br />The other commonly abused types lead to health problems and a decrease in motor skills, judgment, and the ability to learn<br />
  11. 11. Two Common Prescriptions<br />Ritalin Side effects<br />Reduced appetite<br />Sleep difficulty<br />Depression<br />Blood Glucose changes<br />Psychotic Episodes<br />Hallucinations<br />Death by Overdose<br />Adderall<br />Reduced Appetite<br />Insomnia<br />Weakness<br />Infection<br />Fever<br />Increased Heart Rate<br />Personality Changes<br />Death by Overdose<br />
  12. 12. Help and Prevention<br />
  13. 13. Prevention of Drug Abuse<br />Develop good study habits early on in each semester so you don’t have the need to abuse stimulants<br />Dispose of any unneeded medication through local Drug Take-Back services<br />Have your medications hidden or locked up to prevent theft<br />
  14. 14. Helpful Information<br />Tallahassee Addiction Help<br />A Life Recovery Center Inc (850) 224-9991x100<br />More information on prescription drug abuse<br />http://drugabuse.gov/nidahome.html<br />

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