Prescription drugs are widely used and terribly misused. More and more people are developing tolerance and addictions to prescription drugs. Families, friends, and physicians must be more vigilant when taking, keeping and prescribing these drugs. Professionals for various parts of addiction and medicine are looking into the dangers of the drug epidemic. Most patients that enter hospitals or any other situation where they may need pain medication are given prescriptions for very strong medicine. These medications are dangerous because they are so powerful. Taken over the long term is highly dangerous. These drugs have high potential for abuse and developing a tolerance. When they develop a tolerance, the patient does not feel ‘normal’ when they are not on the drug; therefore they must take more of it to feel ‘normal’ again. Not only is this a problem, but the more a person takes or for an extended period of time, they must take higher concentrations of the drug to achieve the desired effect.

How Often Are Prescription Drugs Abused

Getting an exact or relatively close number for the amount of prescription drug abuses in this country would be impossible. It is not difficult to imagine that number to be incredibly high, though. Everyone has a plethora of prescription drugs in their medicine cabinets; why else would you need a whole cabinet for something so small? Studies have shown that these drugs can be abused and have high risks for tolerance. Therefore, the amount of prescription drug abuses is high. This generation is the most prescribed of any before them. Many young adults are introduced to prescription drugs, pills before they enter high school. It is that experience that provides them with a false sense of security when it comes to prescription drugs.

Statistics on Overdose deaths

Informative maps show the rise in overdose fatalities from drugs, which are killing more Americans than guns or motor vehicle accidents. From the year of 2003 to 2014 the growing concentration of red nearly engulfs the entire map. The growing overdose deaths rates have reached a new high in the United States at 47,055 people or roughly 125 Americans every day. The climb in death rates from overdose is much higher than other causes of death; the average jumped from nine per 100,000 to 15 per 100,000 in 2014. Authorities at the Center for Disease control have compared the rise in death rates from overdose to that of the human immunodeficiency virus, or H.I.V. epidemic. The HIV death rate problem rose over a shorter period of time and peaked in 1995 at the same high point of overdose deaths today. The difference between the two is that HIV was mainly an urban problem, while overdose death rates are prevalent everywhere. As a matter of fact, death rates in urban areas have been eclipsed by those in rural areas.

Overdose Death Rates and Opiates: Results of Prescription Drug Abuse

Opioids were involved in more than 61% of the overdose deaths nationally. States such as New Hampshire, which is been hit as hard as any state by overdose deaths, see overdose death rates as part of a platform for visiting government candidates. Part of New Hampshire’s problem, like many other states similar, is that it has a surprisingly low availability of treatment for drug abuse and addiction. The area of Appalachia is filled with blue collar workers who experience injuries that turn into addictions when prescribed painkillers. The southwest of the United States continues to pass down their heroin addiction from generation to generation. Heroin is the cause of their high overdose death rates.