Drug despondency

Published at December 08, 2017 12:59 AM 0Comment(s)5628views

Drug despondency

With all kinds of medicine including the banned ones easily available on the counters of drug stores, their abuse has become inevitable. The abuse as has been observed in the last several years mainly falls in two categories – abuse of pharmaceutical drugs and medicine for properties like sedation, and their abuse as self-medication which can be dangerous at times. Prescription drugs can only be purchased after the seller/chemist verifies the credentials; the buyer has to produce authentic prescription of a qualified doctor to obtain the drugs or medicine named in the prescription itself. Prescription drugs are visible marked for quick identification and also classified in different schedules. Classified as falling into Schedule I to V, the ones marked as Schedule I are the most dangerous, highly addictive with the high physical/psychological dependence. Schedule V drugs are least addictive, have lower abuse rating yet physical/psychological dependence cannot be completely ruled out. This valuable information although provided on the packaged drugs is most of the times overlooked, which leaves enough room for the wrong use of the medicine. Neither prescriber nor seller considers it obligatory to tell the user. In old age groups where the problem of self-medication has been studied, a good number of persons do not even know that the long-term use of certain scheduled drugs have increased their dependency. So the abuse is not even known to the abuser. While as in lower age groups, drugs are obtained with the intent to use them for their sedative effects. Where the system to control the use of drugs and medicine fails is the retail chain. The industry is bound to follow rules and all drugs and medicines manufactured are provided with essential information on their use. However, when medicine is sold with least regard to inform the buyers, the abuse is unavoidable. Prescriptions are hardly checked for credentials. Who is buying is not even considered by the chemist stores established all across the state. Lack of responsibility by retailers is largely responsible for the drug abuse, the snare in which young generations are being silently caught. The government must crack its whip on the retail chain and all drug stores/chemist shops must be ordered to keep complete record of the buyers. Record of prescriptions and prescribers must also be made mandatory for the sellers to keep. The youth form the most vulnerable group of drug abuse, especially in a conflict-battered state where stress disorders have been proved as posing a high risk. There is also a need for extensive awareness campaigns for an informed opinion and choice while using medicines to minimize any dependency and therefore the abuse.     


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