Prescription drug abuse, a silent epidemic, causes substantial physical, psychological, and societal harm. It spans societal and age boundaries and its complexity is worsened by easy access, mental health issues, and prior substance abuse. This misuse also carries economic implications. It is essential to understand its signs, symptoms, and prevalence across age groups.
Strategies to combat this problem include education about the dangers of misuse and preventive methods such as secure medication storage, monitored quantities, and safe prescribing practices. Given the common co-occurrence of mental health and substance abuse issues, comprehensive treatment strategies like therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and support groups are essential. Utilizing technology, including electronic prescribing systems and prescription monitoring databases, can prevent misuse and improve management. By exposing this silent epidemic, we can foster a healthier, drug-free future.
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