Principles of Health: Prescription Drug Abuse is an important and timely volume that addresses a serious public health issue in the United States. Prescription drug abuse takes many forms, from taking a friend's painkillers for your backache to misusing pills to lose weight or get high. Although most people take prescription medications responsibly, an estimated 20 million have misused prescription medications in the past year. The three classes of medications most commonly misused are opioids (usually prescribed to treat pain); central nervous system depressants (used to treat anxiety and sleeplessness); and stimulants (most often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy).
Although misuse of prescription drugs affects many Americans, certain populations, including youth and older adults, may be at particular risk. This volume, with about 150 essays, will cover all aspects of this issue, specifically:
- Signs of prescription drug abuse
- Effects of prescription drug abuse
- Reasons for prescription drug abuse
- Difference between abuse and addiction
- Dangers of prescription drugs
- Types of prescription drugs
- Prevalence of prescription drug abuse
- Risk factors for abusing prescription drugs
Each essay includes multiple subheads including an opening Summary and Further Reading. The volume ends with a Glossary, Bibliography, and Subject Index.