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Plans Announced to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and statistics have been released to prove it.  According to the Substance and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), between 2002 and 2009, the number of Americans aged 12 and older abusing pain relievers increased by 20 percent.

As a result, the Obama administration and lawmakers of both parties vow to tackle the growing epidemic of painkiller deaths.  Anti-drug and health officials released a new strategy this week that calls for states to create and use databases which track prescription drugs.  The plan also asks for an additional $123 million for drug prevention and an additional $99 million for treatment programs in the 2012 fiscal year.

“Today we are making an unprecedented commitment to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse”, said Joe Bide, United State Vice President. “This plan will save lives, and it will substantially lessen the burden this epidemic takes on our families, communities, and workforce.”

“This plan will save lives, and it will substantially lessen the burden this epidemic takes on our families, communities, and workforce,” he added.

This plan will help educate the medical community about the dangers of prescription drug addiction and how their actions are affecting the entire country.   Drug makers will actually be responsible for teaching the doctors and drug distributors about the safe use of prescription drugs.

The plan will also force states to put in place and use a drug monitoring program.  A drug monitoring program is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on substances dispensed in the state. The monitoring is controlled by a specified statewide administration or agency. The agency distributes data from the database to individuals who are authorized under state law to receive the information for purposes of their profession.

It also includes a more effective arrangement for pill disposal methods. Individuals will be given specific areas where they can bring their unused medications or prescriptions and have them safely disposed.  Without a strict enforcement, unused drugs could sit around the medicine cabinet and eventually fall into the wrong hands.

Finally, it includes a collective effort to reduce the prevalence of pill mills. A pill mill is a doctor’s office or clinic where doctors sell prescription drugs to practically anyone with cash.  These have also become a major problem throughout the country.

If implemented correctly, this plan has the potential to save the lives of millions.

Prescriptions have become the second most abused drug in the world currently. The government, along with rehabilitation and education programs around the country is working hard to end the prescription epidemic. The solution is to focus on demand reduction and get prescription drug addiction help for those in need.

What Is Lost With Prescription Drug Addiction

The mental and emotional toll addiction takes on an individual and a family is devastating. Here are some of the key things a person can lose when they end up trapped by addiction.

1.    Freedom-This is just someone’s physical freedom. Drugs trap an individual and they become unable to enjoy life without them. One addict describes prescription addiction as “a trap she could not get out of.”

2.    Respect-When an individual becomes addicted to drugs they tend to say or do things that are out of character. Many times the person ends up doing things that cause others to lose respect for them and for the person to lose respect for themselves.

3.    Family-An ex-addiction once said, “Through my addiction, I lost my family. And when you lose years and your kids are grown, you can’t get that time back.” Addiction creates a barrier between the addict and family members. Trust is broken that can take years to rebuild.

4.    Productivity- According to the National Institutes of Health alcohol and drug abuse cost the economy $246 billion. Productivity is not just lost in the workplace with addiction but in all areas of life.

5.    Home- A housewife that was hooked on prescriptions once said that her house was a mess, bills unpaid and her life was in shambles. This is when she realized she really needed to get help for her addiction. Once a person gets hooked all other responsibilities go down the drain.

6.    Self Respect-Many addicts will stop respecting themselves and others and choose drugs over everything else in life. It takes someone down a path they never thought they would go down.

7.    Friends-The people who care will eventually isolate the addicted person so that they are not negatively affected by the addiction anymore. One high school student reported he stopped spending time with his lifelong friend after the friend started smoking marijuana daily and stopped being interested in anything else. It is very difficult for a person to watch someone throw everything away in life that they would like to achieve.

8.    Dreams-These are goals for the future. What someone wants or strives to get. Drugs strip away goals and destroy dreams. Things that the individual sets out to achieve are put on hold or totally thrown away.

Prescription addiction causes loss not just for the addict but for friends, family, the community and society as a whole.

Narconon successfully handles this type of addiction with a 70% success rate for permanent recovery. For more information on prescription drug addiction call Narconon today at 800-468-6933.