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Chapter 1 D&A
Humans have always been in search of peace. They try to attain serenity and peace through various means. Some people revert towards spiritual means, while some turn towards worldly means to attain the satisfaction of mind. The worldly means are also further categorized into a number of ways in which stress and tensions can be reduced for example in some cases, people go towards their passions and hobbies to achieve peace of mind while others move towards temporary means. These temporary means include the use of various sorts of substances, drugs, and chemicals.
Drug abuse is one of the biggest issues globally and doctors and medical practitioners strongly condemn its use (Reardon). There are various forms of drugs like heroin, cocaine, morphine etc. Although the use of drugs is shown in a very “cool” way in various forms of media, the reality is totally opposite. The use of drugs is extremely harmful and it can even prove to be fatal if the drug is not taken in a normally acceptable quantity.
A case of a doctor is especially notable in this respect, who distributed the prescription slips and forms among his “fans” and followers in return of sexual favors and cash. Most of the prescriptions contained Opioid and other drugs of similar categories. Many of the prescriptions were even signed blank and the carrier could take any drug of their choice, by presenting that prescription. Opioid is considered as one of the deadliest drugs in the whole United States of America and only in 2017, an estimate of 70000 people have lost their lives to drug overdose, especially due to the overdose of Opioid. This is not the only case, almost 162 defendants, including 76 doctors have been charged for fraudulently prescribing and issuing harmful drugs to the patients, especially Opioid (Robertson).
Hart, Carl L., Charles Ksir, and Oakley Stern Ray. Drugs, society & human behavior. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
Reardon, Claudia L., and Shane Creado. "Drug abuse in athletes." Substance abuse and rehabilitation 5 (2014): 95.
Robertson, Campbell. "Doctors Accused Of Trading Opioid Prescriptions For Sex And Cash". Nytimes.Com, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/us/doctor-arrested-prescription-drugs.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FDrug%20Abuse%20and%20Traffic&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics%C2%AEion=stream&module=stream%20unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=10&pgtype=collection. Accessed 4 May 2019.
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