Over-The-Counter Drug Abuse Essay by The Research Group

Over-The-Counter Drug Abuse
A discussion of the problem of the abuse of legally available, over the counter drugs such as diet pills and cough medicine.
# 19142 | 2,925 words | 14 sources | 1992 | US
Published on Mar 03, 2003 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Medical and Health (Pharmacy)


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"Statement of the Problem
When most people think of drug abuse, they think of illicit drugs and the people who manufacture them, smuggle them, sell them, and use them. Yet, one of the major types of drug abuse involves none of these people, and indeed the drugs that are abused are completely legal and very accessible. That is in fact the problem--they are accessible, and the abusers have no trouble getting the drug and may even abuse it because it is so easy to acquire. Americans have an abiding faith in medicine, particularly in the sort of medicine they can self-prescribe based on television commercials, word of mouth, or simply guesses as they gaze at the shelves in the drug store. There are non-prescription drugs for nearly every ailment, some based on sound medical principles and some not too far from the folk remedies of..."

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