Sunday, October 7, 2012

Today's PStUM: "Prescription Drug Abuse”

As any mother in America knows by now, our teens (all of them) have a crippling addiction to prescription drugs. It seems youngsters today are just crawling to eat as many pills as possible. Pills are dangerous. Pills.
The singular enemy.
The recent PSA campaign against pill use shows kids who died from them. Without any description of what they were actually consuming. The new moral panic over prescription drug usage reflects again a profound ignorance of how drugs actually work- “prescription drugs” are not a category in themselves; they are just one method of obtaining various substances. This distinction covers amphetamines, benzodiazepines, sedatives, opiates, and others- a vast range of different substances with different effects. This idea that “prescription drugs” are a useful categorization for substance abuse is ignorant and hinders any progress that may be made towards helping addicts cope with their disease.

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