7.These numbers prove that the abuse of prescription drugs is a rapidlygrowing trend in our country and as the younger generation’s drug of choice. This epidemic must be stopped, for many reasons.A.Reasons to avoid taking prescription medication1.Many people disagree with my choice to not partake of pharmaceuticaldrugs, but I have a variety of reasons why I chose this path.2.First of all, these drugs have a wide array of undesirable side-effects.
The side-effects of OxyContin, verified by the FDA include:nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite; dizziness,headache, tired feeling; dry mouth; sweating; itching; shallowbreathing, slow heartbeat; seizure (convulsions); cold, clammyskin; confusion; severe weakness or dizziness; or feeling light-headed, fainting.b.The side-effects of Vicodin, verified by the FDA, include: feelinganxious, dizzy, or drowsy; mild nausea, vomiting, upsetstomach, constipation; headache, mood changes; blurred vision;ringing in your ears; or dry mouth; shallow breathing, slowheartbeat; feeling light-headed, fainting; confusion, fear,unusual thoughts or behavior; seizure (convulsions); problemswith urination; or nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching,dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin oreyes).c.The side-effects of Valium, verified by the FDA include:drowsiness, tired feeling; dizziness, spinning sensation; blurredvision; sleep problems (insomnia), nightmares; muscleweakness, lack of balance or coordination; slurred speech;nausea, vomiting, constipation; headache, memory problems;drooling or dry mouth; skin rash; loss of interest in sex;confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior; unusual risk-takingbehavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger; depressedmood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself; hyperactivity,anxiety, agitation, hostility; double vision, hallucinations; weakor shallow breathing; feeling faint; muscle twitching, tremors;fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or urinating less than usual or not at all.d.It doesn’t take a medical expert to see that the side-effectsgreatly outweigh the benefits of this drug. To me, all of thesecrazy side effects sound just like being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs like marijuana or cocaine.3.Most of these drugs are very easy to get addicted to, according to Dr.Aaron Filler, a Harvard graduate.a.You would be surprised at what kind of medications areconsidered “narcotic.” The list includes: codeine, aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, and severalmore that I’ve never heard of. These all have a moderate to highrisk for addiction, as they are all based on opium.