Doctor or Dealer: Where Do Most Drugs Come From?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, prescription drug abuse had turned into a national epidemic. Overdose rates throughout the United States have more than tripled since the 1990s and prescription drug abuse is one of the primary causes of those deaths. Are the doctors or dealers to blame or are both at fault for this out of control epidemic? Although drugs and prescriptions can come from all over the world, both medical personnel and dealers play an important role in how they are dispersed.
How Can Doctors Impact Drug Use?
Although most of us trust the care and expertise we receive from our doctors, they have a huge influence on the amount of medication that is dispersed on a daily basis. Doctors have a tremendous responsibility to their patients in prescribing the correct medication that will help their condition and not negatively interfere with their other medications. But when doctors stop caring about their patients’ overall health, they may write unnecessary or even illegal prescriptions. Included in the following are some examples of how doctors impact drug use and abuse:
- 300% increase
- Exchanges for prescriptions
- Added income
The CDC reports that the rise in prescription drug overdoses is correlated with a 300% increase in the sale of strong opioid painkillers like clonazepam since the late 1990s. In fact, a study conducted in 2008 reported that prescription pain pills actually killed more people than all those whom died from taking cocaine and heroin. Walking into most medical offices it is increasingly apparent that doctors and medical staff are unable to spend “quality” time with most of their patients and often quickly write prescriptions, sometimes without getting the full background of the patient. Some doctors may even take it a step farther and suggest a medication that the patient has expressed desire for in exchange for additional money. In addition to these exchanges, doctors may also illegally sell prescriptions to make more money.
How Can Dealers Affect Drug Use?
Unlike doctors, dealers cannot legally write a prescription for any medication at any time. Dealers must illegally procure drugs from an outside source and place themselves at an extreme risk of being robbed and even killed over their drugs. Included in the following are some examples on how dealers affect drug use and addiction:
- 3% reported purchasing prescriptions from a dealer
- Added ingredients
Most abusers of painkillers like clonazepam receive their pills from someone they know who had the initial prescription. Because of this, only 2.3% painkiller abusers report they purchased the drugs from a dealer or stranger, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Many dealers will “cut” their substance, or add additional ingredients, to increase their product and their profit. Addicts then may consume unknown ingredients or even additional drugs, which they will in turn crave and go back to the dealer to purchase. This continued cycle not only increases the dealer’s profit, but also places an individual at a huge risk of overdose. Dealers are able to change their prices based on the needs of their environment. Because street prices are generally cheaper than some prescription medications, addicts are able to purchase more on a daily basis versus only getting one prescription and having to make due until they are prescribed the medication again or until it is available for a refill.
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