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ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS - A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC
The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem in the US and it is becoming a global epidemic. Most people take prescription medications responsibly; however, an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. (ages 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetimes. This represents approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population. Also alarming is the fact that the 2007 National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA's) Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th-graders found that 9.3 percent of 12th-graders reported using Vicodin without a prescription in the past year, and 5.0 percent reported using OxyContin-making these medications among the most commonly abused prescription drugs by adolescents. The non-medical use or abuse of prescription drugs is a serious and growing public health problem in the US and it is becoming a global epidemic. Most people take prescription medications responsibly; however, an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. (ages 12 and older) have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons in their lifetimes. This represents approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population. Also alarming is the fact that the 2007 National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA's) Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th-graders found that 9.3 percent of 12th-graders reported using Vicodin without a prescription in the past year, and 5.0 percent reported using OxyContin-making these medications among the most commonly abused prescription drugs by adolescents. The abuse of certain prescription drugs-opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants- can alter the brain's activity and lead to addiction. While we do not yet understand all of the reasons for the increasing abuse of prescription drugs, we do know that accessibility to the medication is likely a contributing factor. Prescription drug abuse is not a new problem, but one that deserves renewed attention. It has been brought to the forefront following the untimely death of a number of celebrities, most recently the unfortunate passing of The King of Pop…Michael Jackson. Every day we turn on the news there is a story about Michael Jackson with speculation that his prescription drug use may have played a role in his death. But his is clearly not an isolated case and most disturbing is the abuse and misuse of prescription medications by children and adolescents nationwide….medications they obtain freely from the medicine cabinets in their own homes. Prescription drug abuse by teens and young adults is a serious problem in the United States. As reported in the Partnership for a Drug Free America’s annual tracking study: • 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription (Rx) pain medication • 1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers • 1 in 10 has abused cough medicine Many teens think these drugs are safe because they have legitimate uses, but taking them without a prescription to get high or self-medicate can be as dangerous – and addictive – as using street narcotics and illicit drugs.
A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM - MEDSAFE
It is our hope that we can use the heightened interest in the media for a positive purpose, to increase awareness of the problem, as a Nation make ourselves aware of the consequences associated with the misuse and abuse of these medications and encourage parents and family members to safeguard prescription medications keeping them out of reach, as opposed to accessible in the medicine cabinet. Med-Safe sold exclusively by Mednet Direct, can help families prevent what is becoming a catastrophic problem in the US today; the unauthorized and undetected use of prescription medications for non medical purposes. Med-Safe can save family’s the pain and heartache caused by the abuse of prescription medications - there IS something that can be done to protect and prevent your children or family members gaining access to your legally prescribed medications and it comes in the form of a small safe, secured and accessed using unique identity management technology. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says nearly 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, noting that is "more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, ecstasy and inhalants combined." The DEA also reports that "opioid painkillers now cause more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined." Med-Safe offers an affordable, convenient and secure means by which parents and family members can safely store their prescription drugs eliminating the risk of their children gaining access and either using them illegally or selling them for profit which perpetuates an already uncontrollable problem in the US today. Med-Safe Features: • Can recognize up to 120 different users • Uses unique fingerprint technology to prevent un-authorized access • Convenient and Portable – runs on 4 AA batteries • Security cable & back up key included • User recognition takes less than one second to only pre authorized users • Comes in two convenient sizes – stores up to 8 or 16 standard pill bottles Use Med-Safe in the home or take it with you when you travel. It’s compact design makes it easy to store in a closet or to safeguard medications in your hotel room. The manufacturer of the Med-Safe is committed to help eliminate the abuse of prescription medication. To show their dedication to this cause, they are donating 5% of all profits from sales to Charity to help promote awareness – we are dedicated to equip parents and other caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Help us with our mission to secure 10 million homes by 2011 and spread the word on the need for responsible storage of Rx Medications! To find out more information about the benefits of Med-Safe or to order your Med-Safe today, please visit us on the web at www.medsafestore.com or telephone us at 888-633-2691. It’s never too late to begin safeguarding your prescription medications with Med-Safe.
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