Misuse of Prescription Drugs
Many of us have had days where we were over loaded with homework, having fights with our parents and friends, or just feeling unenthusiastic. Sometimes we are able to break the depressing cycle and focus on the great things that are happening in our lives, other times we turn to things like alcohol or drugs to help us cope with life.
Studies have shown that the misuse of prescription medications in college students is on the rise. Many students are using prescribed medications (like Adderall, which is a stimulant prescribed to patients who have ADHD, Xanax, which is a sedative prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and Vicodin, which is a morphine prescribed to patients who have severe pain) to feel better and “manage” their daily lives. When prescribed by a doctor for a certain use, the medicine can be beneficial to a person, but when a person starts overdosing on a medication and taking it with other drugs and/or alcohol the effects can be deadly. Abusing prescription medication can lead to organ damage, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. When students start abusing medications their chances for becoming binge drinkers, misusers of drugs like marijuana and cocaine, and drug addicts increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is by exercising. In the words of Elle Woods from Legally Blond, “I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Happy people are also more able to cope with the struggles of life. One other thing that a person could do is seek-out counseling services. Most college campuses, like ours, offer free counseling to students who may be feeling stressed, dealing with medication abuse, and dealing with alcohol abuse. Although it may be hard to step out of your comfort zone, the benefits of living a healthy, drug free lifestyle are definitely worth it.
More information on prescription abuse can be found at http://www.talkaboutrx.org