Ruth was having trouble sleeping. Below average grades at school and a recent breakup with her 3-month old boyfriend could be the 2 major causes of her sudden insomnia. What did she do? Did she talk to her parents or friends or did she try any other way of letting the infuriation blow out.
She might have walked on the wet grass of her lawn to feel the coldness on her feet inhaling the relaxing breeze or pamper herself by getting a manicure done. No, she didn’t try any of these. Instead of that, she gained access to her mom’s anti-anxiety medication Xanax. After administering 2 pills in a go, she went to bed and stared in zero self pitying herself and seeking a quick refuge from the doldrums of life.
After a couple of minutes, the drug started working. She felt relaxed and calmed. Switching off the side lamp, she slumbered.
This is not Ruth’s case anymore; a majority of US population is dealing with the phenomenon of prescription drug abuse that is soon going to be categorized as an epidemic if the trend continues.
Be it dealing with mild to moderate headache or a simple back pain due to sudden jerk during a football match, poor grades at school, breakup with the boyfriend, or simply peer pressure, most of the young American kids and teenagers are relied on pills to cope up with the simplest issues of day to day life. Pop a pill and you will be alright, the young American generation has been trained rather hypnotized in such a way that easily available over the counter pain killers and many other prescription drugs used in the treatment of severe psychotic illnesses and mild to severe psychiatric disorders would help solve all the problems.
NSAIDs and opiates are the forms of medications that have been widely prescribed for simple to severe pain management while Zyprexa, Naproxen, Prozac, Diazepam and so more are some of the heavy antidepressants that are being administered by the folks for “just not feeling good” or simply “feeling low.” These are the medicines if taken in high quantities can lead to drug poisoning or even death.
The fatal outcome of the drug overdose is not new to the world. Time and again, the world had witnessed shocking and breaking news of death of their favorite celebrities due to prescription drug overdose. From yesteryears Divas Marilyn Monroe to posthumous Academy Award winner actor Heath Ledger to the biggest sensation of the music world Michael Jackson all had fallen prey to the lethal hands of prescription drug abuse.
The problem can be dealt only with free and open communication channels by letting the people know the debilitating side effects of these prescription medicines. In case of kids and teenagers, the issues can be addressed by the parents and the teachers who can advice them that the instant high and a sudden feeling of euphoria associated with the use of these drugs is mere a mirage, an unrealistic hope, that will soon vanish, and the side effects of the drug would linger much longer than the kick of a couple of minutes or hours. Open up and breathe. Go on a trek, talk to your friend, or just simply take a walk in your courtyard. Save yourself from falling into the deadly trap of lethal drugs instead of making yourself sickly dependent on the slow venom.