Narconon is asking; how so many prescription medications are winding up in the wrong hands? According to this article in the Journal Star, for many, marijuana is no longer a gateway drug.  People are starting out on the hard stuff – specifically prescription medication.  The question is- why is there such an abundance of this stuff being manufactured when too much of it is being used recreationally and many people are getting addicted?

Certainly it is no secret to the pharmaceutical companies that too much of their product is being abused and winding up in the wrong hands and often times in bodies that end up at the morgue.   They don’t care about the human consequence and apparently there is no legal consequence.   We are going to have to get a grip on this problem, first by realizing that those who should be taking responsibility will not – it is up to us.  Here is the article:

“For the first time since the Drug Enforcement Administration has been keeping tabs, more people are initiating their drug abuse and addiction by taking pharmaceuticals as opposed to marijuana.

It was but one statistic presented to a group of concerned health care professionals and state officials gathered at BryanLGH Medical Center East by Gary Boggs, executive assistant with the Office of Diversion Control in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

While he said the consequences of smoking pot shouldn’t be downplayed, taking prescription meds to get high bypasses the “gateway drug” effect seen with marijuana.

Rather than graduate to harder drugs, with prescription medication, “they’re already there,” Boggs said Friday. “They skipped over the gateway part of it.”

He spoke for an hour about rising drug abuse trends. Thanks to the Internet, he said, trends spread at an incredible rate. And every day, he said, 2,500 people use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.

There are federal efforts to stifle the flow of prescription medications to abusers of the drugs, including the recently passed Ryan Haight Act that bans anyone from selling controlled substances online to someone without an in-person prescription.”

Narconon is doing its best to keep up with this rising trend by providing drug education classes to schools throughout the Southeastern United States.  Though we reach thousands a year, it is not enough.  2500 kids every day are trying prescription drugs for the first time.  This is going to take a lot of education at an escalated rate if we are to even stabilize the trend.

For those who have already become addicted, Narconon drug rehab is the best answer.  With a 76% success rate, you can’t get much better.  As drugs trends change, so do we.  We are quite prepared to help those with the challenges of prescription drug abuse.

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