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Prescription Drug Abuse: Who Is to Blame?

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The word “drugs” typically comes with a bad connotation, one steeped in years of news about the rising rate of addictions. Of course, the other side of the word is legal prescriptions, medications that greatly aid those who have diagnosed conditions. It’s difficult for lawmakers, doctors, and a score of others to make the distinction between those in need and those with abuse problems. It can be even more challenging to have to make the call to either possibly endanger a patient by refusing prescription or to give them the substance that may lead to prescription drug abuse or addiction down the road.

Cannabis, Prescription Drug Abuse, and More

Prescription drug abuse has been running rampant in the U.S. within the past decade and has yet to slow despite professional efforts. “Prescribers serve as gatekeepers, permitting access for medical needs and denying it otherwise.” However, this isn’t always the case, and those who aren’t in medical need of the drugs are given access (or have been) more often than not. It’s easy to blame this on the doctors themselves, to develop dark theories about their handling out extra bottles with flippancy, but this isn’t often the case. Many are just unable to see through a variety of circumstances that could act as a front for a deceitful patient.

Even with this consideration, patients aren’t the ones to point the blame at, either. Addictions can develop as a result of a lot of different circumstances and the individual may be suffering greatly under the control of an addiction when they work to obtain more of the substance. Doctors don’t want to doubt their patients, but “accepting the gatekeeper role requires scrutinizing and sometimes confronting the patient at the gate.” The situation is an uncomfortable and difficult one for everyone involved.

This addiction is only one of many problematic conditions in the country. There is also debate surrounding the legalization of cannabis, or medical marijuana, which (like the pills above) can be used for both serious and recreational reasons. Some obtain it for benign purpose, while others use it for enjoyment of its effects. Unlike prescription drug abuse, an addiction to marijuana can arise without any interaction with a doctor, given how easily obtainable the substance is these days. Some states have legalized it strictly for medical use while others still allow for legal, “purely recreational use.” It’s no wonder that people of all ages are able to get their hands on it and therefore are exposed to the possibility of an addiction.

“Adults consume alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine with nary a prescription, gatekeeper, or hoop to jump through.” These completely legal and socially-acceptable substances have consequences just as opioids and cannabis do, but society has molded their regular use into practices that no one bats an eye at… until they become problematic in a big way. Perhaps, then, the issue really lies in the way that we as a society think of and talk about substances of all kinds; maybe there needs to be a level playing field on which we judge each and every one of these substances.

Prescription drug abuse has earned its terrible spotlight, but it isn’t the only addictive entity that plagues our country. Professionals and “lay persons” alike need to reevaluate our evaluation of these materials in order to get the most comprehensive help available for those afflicted. To learn more about the state of addiction in America today, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including medication management strategies.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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