Spring 2010 prescrption drugs joel christianPresentation Transcript
Prescription Drugs By: Cristian Alvarado and the amazing Joel Miller
Prescription medications such as pain relievers, central nervous system, depressants, and stimulants are highly beneficial treatments for a variety of health conditions. Pain relievers enable individuals with chronic pain to lead productive lives; tranquilizers can reduce anxiety and help patients with sleep disorders; and stimulants help people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder focus their attention.
Most people who take prescription medications use them responsibly. But when abused, prescription medications can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction.
Excessive sweating, urination or thirst
Nausea and vomiting
Drowsiness, dizziness and insomnia
Loss of consciousness
Some of the consequences of misusing or abusing prescription drugs include: -uncontrollable diarrhea, vomiting and -nausea -body function disruptions including excessive sweating, urination or thirst drowsiness, dizziness, shaking, insomnia -severe and extensive rashes -hospitalization -death can also lead to other behavior or incidents that could involve the police and the courts: -stealing prescription drugs -stealing to pay for prescription drugs -supplying or selling prescription drugs to someone else -violence that causes injury or property damage -driving under the influence of prescription drugs (this could lead to loss of license, or even more serious charges if someone is injured or killed in an accident)
Stats In 2000, 43 percent of those who ended up in hospital emergency rooms from drug overdoses-nearly a half million people-were there because of misusing prescription drugs. 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription (Rx) pain medication 1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers
Continued… Over the past decade-and-a-half, the number of teen and young adult (ages 12 to 25) new abusers of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin) has grown five-fold (from 400,000 in the mid-eighties to 2 million in 2000).
Story Time Angie overheard her parents talking about how her brother's ADHD medicine was making him less hungry. Because Angie was worried about her weight, she started sneaking one of her brother's pills every few days. To prevent her parents from finding out, she asked a friend to give her some of his ADHD medicine as well.