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What should the government do to prevent prescription-drug abuse?

April 11, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Called the “silent epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies, the abuse of prescription drugs affects almost every town, county and school in the country.

In 2010, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that one in 20 people over the age of 12 had abused a prescription drug in the past year. The CDC reports that 40 people a day die from a prescription-drug overdose, accounting for 60 percent of all drug-related accidental deaths. For two years in a row, prescription-drug overdoses have been the number-one cause of accidental death in the country, overtaking motor vehicle accidents.

Simply put, what’s in medicine cabinets, not the highways or street drug dealers, has killed more people in the past two years.

“If this were the swine flu or any other kind of disease, this would be making headlines all over the country,” said Rep. Bill Keating (D., Mass.) in an ABCNews article. “But because of the stigma that is often attached to this, it is not.”

Prescription drugs are controlled substances that have been obtained legally through a doctor. They can be abused when used beyond the doctor’s specific instructions. This could mean taking more than the recommended amount of a painkiller to feel euphoric or abusing ADHD medicine to improve focus during a marathon study session.

Prescription-drug abuse is hard to track because the drugs enter into the market legally. The prescription holders are breaking the law by selling small amounts of the drug that they do not need, or getting more medication from doctors than needed by exaggerating or faking symptoms.

To fight the epidemic, federal, state, and local governments are developing methods to get the drugs out of the hands of the abusers.

Nationally, Reps. Keating and Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) have introduced legislation called the Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills Act that would make it difficult for painkillers and other oral medications to be abused. The bill would require the Food and Drug Administration to refuse any new pharmaceuticals that do not have a tamper-resistant formula.

Tamper-resistant pills come in many forms. Pills that are often crushed and snorted would break into large chunks and not into fine powders, and if the pill was melted, it would become a thick syrup so it couldn’t be put into a syringe.

The federal government has also introduced a drug-disposal program called the National Take-Back Initiative. The initiative allows people who have prescription drugs to hand them over at collection sites, no questions asked. The event takes place on April 27, 2013, and collection sites can be found online.

States are also implementing prescription-drug trafficking programs. While the programs differ from state to state, the overall approach is the same. The states create a database that tracks prescriptions, tying them to an individual and the doctor who prescribed them. This allows law enforcement officials to see if people are going to multiple doctors to get prescriptions for the same drug, which is often a sign that they are abusing the drug. Many states do not share their information with other states, allowing abusers to cross state borders to obtain more prescriptions. Each state has different requirements, making data sharing difficult.

Towns, counties and schools are starting to develop ways to fight prescription drug abuse. High school students in Cabell County, W.Va., created the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership, which informs students of the dangers of prescription-drug abuse.

“They think it’s safe because it’s prescribed by a doctor,” said student Michelle Perdue, the project coordinator. “Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe.”

For more information about prescription-drug abuse and treatment, go to DrugFreeWorld.org.

What do you think?

How should the federal government respond to prescription-drug abuse? Will tamper-resistant drugs be an effective way to prevent abuse? Is the National Take-Back Initiative a good way to get unused prescription drugs out of the hands of potential abusers? Should states come up with a common database to help law enforcement track prescriptions? Does your school have any prescription-drug abuse programs? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, Pa
Alexia
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
In my opinion, I think the government is handling this issue very poorly already. Now I get it that the hospitals give their patients medical marijuana to help the pain. But like with over the counter medications, they should have a limit to the amount of medicine they put in the bottles and not put a lot.i don't think the tamper- resident drugs are helping either. And if the patient wants more medicine then the doctor should test the patient to see if they still have the illness and how bad the illness is.yes I do think they should come up with a database so they know.

1/30/2015
manchester
john
cole
i agree

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Danya
Mr. Hanna
In my opinion I think drugs should be banned. The government should give all children 12 and older a drug test. This whould get the kids scared and not want to do it. The government should also care and ask why this person does drugs, usually they don't have family or friends that care about them.

9/9/2014
Murrieta CA
Miguel C.
Mr. Jabro / Creekside Highschool
In my opinion, i think the government should allow only a certain amount of refills for the prescribed drug. Because if its mostly teenagers getting into their pills, the parents can obviously tell if they're low. Which means they need to get more refills more often. But if you were only allowed to get the refills when your supposed to and no earlier, kids wont take them because it'll be more obvious to their parents that they're taking them.

11/15/2013
ca,fairfeild
alexis
mrs.latona rolling hills elemenary
DRUGS should be BANND!!!!!!!!!!!

11/5/2013
great neck New York
Aviva S.
Ms.Davidson great neck north high school
In my opinion i believe the Government should be more protective in prescription drugs. Ages 12 and up take prescription drugs for Psychotherapeutics which is an non medical use. Most people that take perception drugs actually need it for them to recover. Unfortunately they get addicted to the taste and call up the pharmacy and say that their doctor needs them to have more medicine. What i think the Government should do is if the Person needs to refill their prescription the pharmacy should call their doctor to see if they really need to refill their prescription.

10/31/2013
Indianapolis
Anna
Perry Meridian
I believe that governments should enforce the dangers, side-effects and outcomes to students through schools. Students don't realize how harmful these prescription drugs are. If schools and government go through with this, it will open the students eyes to negative results. Also, I think the government should enforce that if, they see any suspicious behavior in schools, especially in athletes, that they be drug tested. If the results show that the student has been doing drugs, then the administration should require the student to take a after-school class about how dangerous prescription drugs and illegal drugs are.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Michael
Rimas, Watertown high school
Although the methods mentioned of stopping prescription drug abuse sound effective I think there are better ways to prevent drug abuse. Educating people and advertising the dangers of prescription drugs would help prevent peopl;e from using drugs in the first place. The methods shown in the article such as tamper-resistant pills are more effective at stopping people who already have the drugs than preventing them from wanting to do the drugs in the first place.

9/13/2013
sidney
Nicole
Faulhaber
I think more hostpitals/pharmacies need to stay in contact with each other being state to state because it can be very easy for a person to go to many different doctors and get many different perscriptions.

9/6/2013
ny
Thurman
Belleville Henderson
i think tamper resestent drugs would be grate but what hapens when peaple take the drug by mouth here is how i think drugs should be handed out people who need these drugs should have to have it given to them in weekly amounts and in the lowest possible dose to deal with there problem that way when a person bulds up tollorence for that drug it wont have the same effect of when they keep highting the dose month after month another thing they need to do is give harsher punishment to people who sell drugs illegaly

9/6/2013
Belleville, NY
Breanne G.
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
Either way there is no way the government is going to win this battle. It doesn't matter if you try to track the prescription because the person is going to lie if they gave it to someone else or not. But the doctor can say no to a patient if they want a refill if the doctor feels like he/she is lying to them. The government should offer free help to people who do abuse drugs because most people can not afford to have help to kick their bad habit.

6/5/2013
Irving/TX
Dennys A.
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government seems to be handling the issue poorly because the Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills Act wont keep people from getting their hands on it. They should find better alternatives in possibly reducing the intake of such drugs as what is described a prescription drug is no different from other drugs named illegal. The National Take-Back initiative is a small step but the government can do more than just that right now.

6/5/2013
Irving/Texas
Samantha S
Bradley/Nimitz
I don't think thers alot the goverment can do because people alwasy find away around everything. Any smart common person knows whats abusing the law or a substance so the choice should be clear. As a goverment they should focus on higher and bigger issues, becuase babay sitting people who cant controll small actions such as the use of drugs is a waste of time. If anything they can just make bigger consequences for the people who are eing caught. That wasy athers will be scared and keep away from dangering themsevels or others.

5/29/2013
Irving/TX
Kevin
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that the federal government is not responding to the issue of prescription-drug abuse appropriately. If the government wants to deal with this growing issue then more media coverage should be held over the problem. The public needs to know about this issue. I can't remember ever seeing a PSA over prescription drug abuse and it might be about time for the government to start giving them. Although I feel that the governments current efforts are in the right direction it seems like they are too quiet about their intentions. I also feel that the government will not be able to completely stop this form of drug abuse. It is too simple for abuse and dependence to form over many different types of drugs. Just taking sleeping pills can make you dependent on them. The government can't stop all abuse but through programs they will hopefully lower the numbers.

5/28/2013
Irving/TX
Kelsie
Bradley/Nimitz
I don't think there is anything you can do to completely stop prescription drug abuse but implementing drug-trafficking programs and other approaches can and will decrease numbers of abuse. By creating the programs it will make it more difficult for drug abusers to get a hold of the drugs. This is a big problem going on nationally and I believe if we make everybody more aware of whats going on with prescription drugs abuse, we can lower the numbers on abusers and deaths.

5/28/2013
Irving/TX
Steven Hutchason
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should do something about prescription drugs. But I don't think that tamper-resistance drugs will help any. People are creative and find ways around everything. I think the best way to help would be to force states to come up with a common database or link able database to share patient information. This could significantly stop a portion of prescription drug abuse. My school does not have a prescription-drug abuse program that I know of but I think we should get one!

5/28/2013
Irving/TX
but nguyen
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should promote more awareness about drug abuse by using the media as their main tool. The media will be able to warn people and show the risk that is involve in prescription-drug. Tamper-resistant drugs and the National Take- Back Initiative will somewhat be an effective way to prevent drug-abuse, making it harder for drug users to get their hands on the drug and abuse it. But drug-abusers, like other people that tries to break the law, will find other ways around it and get to what they needed. This is a national matter, and in order to do it, we have to inform everyone about the matter, develop a common database between the states, and unite together.

5/23/2013
Irving/Texas
Yeny
Bradley/Nimitz
The Federal Government needs to do more than just making pain killers available without a doctor's prescription. Abusers will still find a way to get pain killers even if the Stop the Tampering of Prescription Pills Act is passed. Drugs is what attracts the abusers in the first place. The National Take-Back Initiative seems like a weak way to try to target the abusers. A more strict initiative towards the abusers will make it something to make it difficult for them (abusers).

5/20/2013
Irving/Texas
Darian
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government needs to be more aware how much of a problem prescription drug abuse is.Tamper-resistant will create another obstacle for the abusers. The National Take-Back Initiative also helps get drugs off the streets. My school doesn't have a prescription-drug abuse programs but we really need one.

5/20/2013
Irving/Texas
Yessica
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should interfere with prescription-drug abuse by using the tamper-resistant drugs to prevent abuse. That system will work since they (abusers) can't make the drug powder or liquid. However that will not solve all the problems so doctors and hospitals shold share records to make sure that a person is not getting more than the suggested drug intake.In school they should teach children about the dangers on prescription drugs, yet many schools do not offer that advantage. For example my school does not offer that service but if they did many students could be saved for the drug world. I think the government should inform the public about prescription drug dangers instead of keeping it a secret; that way the american public can be aware instead of oblivious.

5/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Monica A.
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government needs to come up with tougher restrictions for prescription drugs. Tamper-resistant drugs would be an effective way to prevent abuse. It would make it more difficult for drug users. The National Take-Back Initiative is a great way to keep prescription drugs away from drug abusers. It would be a good idea if states kept a database in order to track prescriptions. It would be a major help to everyone.

5/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Cody
Bradley/Nimitz
Prescription drug abuse is very common, and would be hard to control. Yes, the tamper resistant pills will stop some people from abusing the pill. But that just means people will look elsewhere to get those "effects." If someone wants to get a certain feeling or effect, a tamper resistant pill won't stop them. If we are serious about stopping the abuse, all states need to get on the same page with their amounts and info. If all states and doctors had the same database, it would make it harder for people to get more than needed. This is the ONLY way a solution will come for abusing drugs.

5/15/2013
Irving, TX
TJ Wright
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
Prescription drug abuse is obviously a major problem, not only in the drug world, but with the entire population. I don't think tamper-resistant drug will have that much of an effect on the problem. Abusers and addicts will find any way to get the effects they want from the drug. Why would an abuser want to give their drugs away? Could they not just not go to the sites to give their drugs away? The National Take-Back Initiative would only be a road hump in the process of taking away the prescription drugs. The solution will have to start with the doctor, the source for where these drugs are coming from. Once the process of prescribing the drugs is limited and regulated then there will be an obvious prevention of abuse. My school doesn't have any programs for prescription drug abuse, however they do make large steps in keeping the drugs out of the school.

5/13/2013
Irving/Tx
Joshua
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the government should only allow the right amount of doses to be prescribed to people. Now a days doctors just give medicine to people even when they fake a slight pain. So I think the doctors should test the patients to see if they need the prescription for real.

5/10/2013
Irving/Tx
Crystal T
Bradley
Every day, people abuse their rights, you just can't control them. Their habits can't be easily watch and record into our system. The action the government wants to take is inspiring, but it is impossible. If they can't receive their drugs from the government, trust me, they will find a way.

5/7/2013
Irving/Texas
Edgar
Bradley/Nimitz
The actions that the government is taking are the correct way to respond to drug abuse. Tamper-resistant drugs will decrease the abuse of the drugs as the abuser will have no way of injecting or snorting the drug.The National Take-Back Initiative is not a good way to remove unused drugs of the hands of people as some people like to keep these drugs in case the health issue rises again.

5/3/2013
Irving/Texas
Delaney
Bradley/Nimitz
The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is something that has become very common and is hurting a lot of people these days. There should be a place where parts of unused drugs should be able to be dropped off and taken back out of the public hands. Doctors should also look at the medications they are prescribing first and consider whether or not their patient has an addictive personality, and or how much of the drug is really needed. Prescribing medicines in smaller doses could be a great way to prevent the abuse of them. My school doesn't have any prescription-drug abuse programs that I know of but that would be a great asset to my school, and in students getting help from people that care about them in their community.

5/2/2013
Benson/ AZ
Rhiannon
Sorensen/ Benson
The government shouldn't protect us from ourselves. If people abuse drugs that's their own problem. A parent should be the one to interfere in these types of situations. And if someone lives by themselves, they should try to seek help if they want it. The government shouldn't feel the need to stop trying to protect people from their own stupidity.

5/2/2013
Irving/Texas
Emily P.
Bradley/Nimitz
One thing the government can do is make prescriptions harder to get. I've known plenty of people who can go to a therapist or chiropractor and just get prescriptions, even if they don't really need them. They SAY they that they feel bad or something, but in reality, they're just addicted to the pills or even selling them to their peers. Of course, it's tricky figuring who really needs them and who doesn't, but I don't tihnk many doctors are even trying to figure it out. Maybe doctors should only be allowed to hand out a certain number of prescriptions for the same product or keep track of how often certain people get that prescription and figure it out from there. The trouble doesn't lie just with the people, it lies in the people giving out the prescriptions in the first place. They are way too lax in just passing out prescriptions. More groups should be started for people who are addicted to prescription drugs, and we need to work to make sure there isn't such a bad stigma attached to it, because it really is a reality almost everyone faces at some point in their life.

5/2/2013
Irving/Texas
Misael
Bradley/Nimitz
Through the initiatives and programs that the government has already set up have been a great first step but should also be beefed a little bit by having nation wide database of drug prescriptions given to every singe individual. Of course making pills harder to abuse by making them tamper-resistant is also a great tool as well against the fight against drug abuse. The take back program is a good idea as well but like the gun buyback program I don't think it will be very effective. My school at the moment does not have a prescription-drug abuse program but would love to have one so student learn the true effects of prescription drug abuse.

5/2/2013
Irving/Texas
April S.
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government shouldn't do anything about this problem. If people want to do stupid things, they are going to find a way to do them regardless of any laws that are made. Tamper-resistant drugs would not be effective because they don't need to tamper with the product to be able to take them. They might not be able to take them in their preferred way, but they can still take them nonetheless. The National Take-Back would probably not work either because if the person is addicted to the drugs or is addicted to the money they get from selling the drug, what would make them want to give up the drug just because there are no questions asked? It would be beneficial for states to have a common data base to keep up with the prescriptions, not only for law enforcement, but for the doctors themselves. My school does not have any prescription drug programs that I am currently aware of.

4/26/2013
Benson, AZ
Kourtney
Sorensen
The government should limit prescription-drug abuse by making the medication available only in the doctor's office. When the drug becomes necessary they should be able to visit their doctor and ask for the drug and take it and then just leave then no one would have it in their homes.

4/24/2013
Rudyard, MT
Dono
Mrs.Campbell Northstar
The government should keep track of the pills and drugs that are going out into the US. So when people do run out of drugs or pills we can tell them no you cant have more. LIke i get pills to last me a month, and i take them all before the month is over and i want more the government can say no. So yeah the government should do it.

4/20/2013
Irving/TX
Kenia
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
Will tamper-resistant drugs are a good way to stop prescription drug abuse. If we can get this new legislation passed and enforced then it would be a key step in combating drug abuse. The National Take-Back Initiative is a good way to get the drugs off the street but it brings to question how many people will actually attend these events. I also believe that the Prescription-drug trafficking program would help prevent many people from acquiring more than their needed dosage of prescription drugs.

4/20/2013
Irving/Texas
April K.
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should respond to prescription-drug abuse by making more pills tamper-resistant and use prescription-drug trafficking programs. The tamper-resistant drugs is just a small way to help minimize drug abuse, because it only prevents those who get high by snorting or shooting drugs. It does not prevent against those who simply just overdose by taking the pill normally. The National Take-Back Initiative would not be very effective in getting rid of pills from potential abusers, because it would not be able to be enforced very well. I do not know out of my school population, how many actually deal with drug-prescription abuse, but I have heard of a few students over the past years that have sold prescription-drugs illegally. In the case of students overdosing on drug-prescriptions, schools should be more informational about the dangers of drug-prescription abuse to all the students.

4/19/2013
Irving/Texas
Grace
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should be coming up with ways to stop the drug abuse. The tamper-resistant drugs seem like a pretty good idea. It will make it harder for drug users to actually use them to get high off of. It sounds like a good idea to make a database to help track prescriptions, but tracking one's prescription seems like it would invade in their personal lives.

4/19/2013
Irving/TX
Elyssa
Bradley/Nimitz
They federal government should go along with the plan to track who has what drug to see if they are abusing it. Although tracking prescription-drug users may minimize the problem it wont stop it because the people that are abusing the drugs will find anyway to get that drug. Most people that are abusing prescription drugs are looking for a way out, an escape, freedom. Schools don’t need prescription-drug abuse programs they need counselors not school counselors but trained counselors that help them with their personal issues. We need to focus on why people are abusing drugs and help them with that and then slowly ease them away from it. The federal government needs to track the people abusing prescription-drugs and help them because if not the deaths from drug abusers is going to keep increasing.

4/19/2013
Irving/Texas
Leslie
Bradley /Nimitz
So far the United States has been doing a good job to keep the prescription drug abuse a minor issues to the citizens. But making the issue not revealed can make many people not listen to what abuse of a drug can cause. The two project ideas given tamper-resistant drugs , and National Take-Back Initiative are good ways to prevent people from abusing drugs and to get prescription drugs out of the hands of abuser. And in order to know how many people are abuser the states should get together and come up with a database to help the law have a enforcement track of prescription. Also having the programs about awareness toward drug abuse will help people in our community and around the U.S.A. In my schools we do not have a specific organization that is about awareness over drug abuse but we do have a DASH committee that coordinates all projects dealing with drugs, alcohol, safety, and health. This committee is part of our student council.

4/19/2013
Benson/AZ
kayla
sorenson
i think making programs will help alot with stopping it. i do believe that they should have more control over medication being sold and to whom. it is getting really bad with prescription drugs.

4/18/2013
Irving/Texas
Alan
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should try to pay more attention to how much prescription medicine is obtained by individuals, who many times try, and succeed to get more than the required amount. Tamper-resistant drugs sound effective, and will make it a lot harder for drug addicts to abuse them in the ways that they do.The National Take-Back Initiative seems like a great way to get unused prescription drugs off of potential abusers, except that many might not want to because they could easily make money off the proportions, and might want to be rewarded instead of just turning in the pills for free. The common database sounds like a great idea, and could make it obvious who is clearly trying to sell the drugs for profit.

4/18/2013
Irving/Texas
Jessica W.
Bradley/Nimitz
The government has put in place some very good ideas to control prescription drug abuse. The idea of making drugs tamper-resistant will really help to make sure that people to do not take the drugs and turn them into liquids and powders. Also, the National Take-Back program is also a good idea to make sure that the unused drugs are not put in the wrong hands. Plus the drug tracking can prevent people from going to several places to get their prescription drugs. So I do think it is a good idea for states to work together to form a program to stop the abuse.

4/18/2013
Irving/Texas
Samantha N. S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Requiring prescription drugs to be tamper free is an excellent way to assist with the prevention of drug abuse and I'm surprised it's not already a requirement with all of the statistics supporting the danger, but it's not enough to fix the problem. States should unify and make a nationwide database to help law enforcement- along with doctors- keep track of who is prescribed to what. This will cut down on both the selling of prescription drugs and drug abuse greatly by hindering the ability for individuals to go to different doctors to obtain more drugs.

4/18/2013
Irving/Texas
Maddie
Bradley/Nimitz
The government is doing well with trying to keep this issue at bay. It's difficult to stop people from abusing prescription-drugs in their home, but you could always raise awareness. Tamper-resistant drugs might help lower the number of deaths, but the fact is simple- if someone wants to overdose, they will. Here at Nimitz we do not have prescription-drug abuse programs, but I believe that we should. I witness kids here abuse prescription-drugs almost everyday. The best thing to do is raise awareness and warn people of the dangers.

4/17/2013
Irving/Texas
Giancarlo
Bradley/Nimitz
The government knows how to respond to this issue. The idea of tamper-resistant drugs is a very good idea to prevent the prescription abuse. Additionally, the National Take-Back Initiative is also a good way to get rid of unused prescription drugs. However, the initiative sounds voluntary so the abuse may still stand. States should work together to track the people who are going from state to state to collect their supply. The only way to track the abusers is to find out who is gathering prescription drugs.

4/17/2013
Irving/TX
Gabe
Bradley/Nimitz
I feel that prescription-drug abuse is almost unavoidable. When one part of the population gets things that another part does not, if the other part wants it bad enough, they will do what they can to get their hands on it. For example, underage drinking, gambling, and smoking. It's also the problem associated with the abuse of government financial aid. However, this does not mean that we shouldn't, as a society, do all that we can to prevent people from abusing. I feel like the most effective way of stopping the misuse of drugs would be the tamper-resistant pills that prevent abusers from using the drug in any other way than prescribed.

4/17/2013
Irving/Texas
Samantha N. S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Requiring prescription drugs to be tamper free is an excellent way to assist with the prevention of drug abuse and I'm surprised it's not already a requirement with all of the statistics supporting the danger, but it's not enough to fixed the problem solely.

4/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Kelsie
Bradley/Nimitz
Michelle Perdue, mad an good point saying, "Just because it's legal dosen't mean it's safe" A lot of people think that because a prescription drug is priscribed for you that every indivual that is using it will use it safely and correctly. The federal government should be more careful when handing out medication and making sure that their not giving too much of a certain dosage or anything like that.

4/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Helen
Bradley/Nimitz
The government should pay more attention to the individual pharmacy and the person getting the medicine. If one person keeps getting a lot of the same medicine then that should be a sign that something is going on there. Tamper-resistant pills would also help to make sure that people use the pills for their intended purpose.

4/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Zachery
Bradley/Nimitz
I think it is a great idea for states to start a common data base for the law enforcement on those people who abuse prescription drugs, it would make things a lot easier, for everyone, if the federal Government and the states themselves had a way to share the information quick and easy on all prescription drugs so if that person is addicted, can't acquire more from any other state. Maybe even the doctor himself can enter the persons personal information into a database to see if they've been to other doctors before for the same prescription. The Take-Back may be a good plan, but I don't believe it would be very effective because if someone is abusing the drug they wouldn't be so lean to just give it to away. Now for Tamper-resistant drugs, that's a great idea since not every person that would be abusing the drug would know how to bypass the drugs tamper-resistance. If the government can prevent the people from melting, crushing, or whatever else people do to abuse these drugs, this will thus help the fight on stopping prescription drug abuse. Now Tamper-resistant drugs aren't only to help in the fight to stop abuse but it also help with the ending of distributing them as much on the street.

4/15/2013
Irving/Tx
Tasia
Bradley/Nimitz
The federal government should give prescription drugs out more cautiously or give them less amounts and if people are coming back too soon or something of the nature there should be a little consequence if something there is found to be wrong. It also harder to monitor this type of drug abuse because it is legal for the person to have yet the person is not responsible enough to take it like they are supposed too.

4/15/2013
Irving/Texas
Wesley
Bradley/Nimitz
This silent epidemic is a reality that I am surrounded by everyday. The problem is that these drugs are legally obtained, making it very hard for law enforcement to crack down on abusers and illegal distributors. Thus, the solution to this growing problem lies in two parts: Making abuse more difficult and making prescription-drugs more scarce. Tamper-resistant drugs are a very effective way to prevent abuse because the average citizen is not a chemist or a science guru. If you prevent the breaking down of pills via melting or crushing, this prevents the drugs from being used outside of their intended purposes. Not only does this crack down on the abuse, it also cracks down on the distribution and the underground drug factories. Now, making abuse more difficult does not entirely eradicate the problem because there are many abusers who just take more pills than medically advised. Thus, it is crucial to stop the flow of so much medicine into our society. Doctors today dish out pills left and right because they are easy to prescribe and are an easy fix a temporary problem. As a result, our society is flooded with drugs, which in turn only opens the door to more drug abuse. If you look intro your medicine cabinet, I can guarantee you will find multiple half-filled pill bottles. Thus, the government needs to put restrictions on doctors on how much medicine they are legally allowed to prescribe. A common database to help law enforcement track prescriptions is one method to put limitations on medicinal distribution. Truly, putting doctors under legal pressure would force them to prescribe what is only truly necessary. They may even turn away from pharmaceuticals and pursue more homeopathic methods of medicinal recovery. In conclusion, this juxtaposition of making abuse more difficult and making drugs more scarce will begin to put a stop to this silent epidemic.

4/15/2013
Irving/ Texas
Annette
Austin/Jack E. Singley Academy
Tamper resistant drugs is definitely a good way to stop drug abusers or at least hinder them from taking drugs for a period of time. Another way to stop drug abusing would be to have all pharmacies require people to bring up to date prescriptions from doctors even if for a small problem. I'm not sure the government tracking of prescriptions is a good idea since it could lead to a violation of privacy and rights.

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