Prescription Drug Abuse
The war on drugs in the United States has been going on since 1971 and has had some effect on the illegal drugs in the United States. With the reduction of drugs imported into the United States and stricter guidelines for control of illegal drug trade has reduced the amount of drug abusers of many illegal drugs, but there is a growing problem in the United States of prescription drugs abuse, which is the fastest growing group of drug abuse in the United States and the world.
During 1971, the War on Drugs started in the United States went to war with the drug cartels and drug manufactures in the world to curb the dangers effects of illegal narcotics on the population of the United States. Many other countries joined in the fight for the importation of illegal drugs as a health concern for many countries of the world and the seastrand violence that came from the drug cartels operations. During the 1980s and 90s, there were major steps taking to control the importation of drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and many other forms of illegal drugs. With sticker control and regulation on many of these controlled substances, many drug users move to prescription drugs to get their fix. This unforeseen consequence of the war on drugs has led to many new regulations on prescription drugs in recent times, but we will talk more about it later in this paper. Prescription drug abuse is growing because of the types of prescription drugs that are abused.
There are many types of prescription drugs that are abused today. According to drugabuse.gov, the most common forms of prescription drugs are depressants, opioids and morphine derivatives, stimulants, and other compounds such as cough and cold medicines. Many of these have real medical necessities to everything from pain relief, mental or physical disorders and even a cold. The biggest concern is that these drugs are safe if used properly. That there is a problem, most people think...