Abuse of Narcotic Painkillers Essay

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If there were an industry that made millions every day helping the sick and fighting for the betterment of mankind would you believe it? What if there was a field of work that strived when the economy began to collapse? A field that made millions as the economy became the first headline on every syndicated news program from California to New York, would you believe it? The irony in this is that the same industry that makes its millions healing you is making millions killing you. Oxycotin, Lortab, Fentanyl, the name changes but the effects remain the same. Doctors who are fully aware of the addictive qualities of these substances over prescribe a drug that is mass produced by a single company, Perdue Pharma. From young …show more content…
This may seem like a what-if scenario but this is an extremely common occurrence which has led to thousands of lawsuits and settlements attacking Perdue Pharma for the teenagers and adults who ended up overdosing. Sean McCabe from the University of Michigan monitored 3,000 teens between 2011 and 2012. The study had odd variables taken into account such as race, gender, and ethnicity. While the race and ethnicity didn’t make a difference, gender proved to be a big factor in the misuse of the drugs. Sean McCabe found that “teenage girls were nearly twice more likely to have misused prescription pain killers in the past year than teenage boys”. McCabe and his colleagues at the university stumbled upon the revelation that “most teens who misuse narcotic painkillers hope to get relief from pain”.
The majority of the teens used painkillers to numb pain, both emotional and physical, and while the study used race and ethnicity as variables McCabe left out one major variable, how many of these teenagers were athletes. Athletes are a group that are constantly injured and continuously going in and out of surgeries which makes them a prime subject for the study conducted by McCabe. Many athletes face the season ending injury and like the subjects involved in the study the most affected are teens.
The reason teen athletes are more susceptible to abuse, misuse, and other behaviors is that unlike professional athletes, teens have less

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