According to this new study, pharmaceutical drugs are actually causing more harm than good compared to illegal drugs.
In fact, the government’s own statistics that are presented on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, can show you that death rates related to pharmaceutical drugs had risen over 23,000 just in the last year alone.
If that doesn’t scare you then perhaps the additional study that was performed by researchers of the University of Virginia, University of Arkansas, the American Institutes for Research, and the Partnership for Drug Free Kids can all clarify as to how and why pharmaceutical drugs are causing more overdoses than illegal drugs.
This was the final result that the study had shown:
Teens need help before they reach these tipping points for prescription drug abuse. Adults spotting teens with very high levels of anxiety and at least moderate use of other restricted substances should realize that these are students with a high likelihood of prescription abuse.
Male teens with a high need to be popular and teens in general appear to be at exceptional risk. Campaigns must target parents as well, since they clearly underestimate both the physical risks of prescription drugs and the likelihood that their children will abuse these drugs.
In addition to that, a study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse had pointed out an even more disturbing matter:
Prescription drugs are seen as blessed by a trusted institution, the FDA, while increasingly aggressive advertising by drug companies simultaneously floods parents and children with messages that these substances are safe, popular, and beneficial.
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