The prescription drug abuse problem in the United States is the worst it has ever been. Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drug, the most common gateway drug, and opiate pain killers are the leading cause of injury and death in the country. These drugs are being abused at an alarming rate by young adults, who are carrying this predisposition to drug use and abuse to college. College, as everyone understands, is becoming more commonly known has a place to experiment with drugs and alcohol and less with the emphasis on education. Prescription drug abuse coupled with a pressuring atmosphere of college can be extremely hazardous. As a result, there is an increase of college students battling addiction and dropping out. The pressures that are included in a college setting are stressful enough. Due to the rise in prescription drug abuse Purdue pharmacy is going to start collecting unwanted medications from Indiana college students.

Collecting Medications From Indiana College Students

The Purdue University Retail Pharmacy is expanding its program to accept and properly dispose of expired or unwanted medication through a partnership with the Yellow Jugs Old Drugs program. This initiative started on September 10th at the Purdue Retail Pharmacy. The program hopes to reduce the impact of prescription drug abuse on campuses in Indiana as a result of unused and expired prescription drugs. Statistics state that 80 percent of heroin addicts record their drug addiction problem starting with a prescription drug use issue. Prescription drugs are causing half of the drug overdose deaths in the state. One of the major reasons for this type of problem is that these prescription drugs are so easy to obtain. Many prescription drug abusers simply get their drugs from their own medicine cabinets, from friends, or other family members. This program is not only prepared to reduce the amount of left over prescription drugs, but to educate young adults on the dangers of prescription drug abuse and they hope it will help to save lives. The individuals responsible for this program hope it makes it easy for people to properly dispose of old medications, reduce the opportunity for prescription drug abuse, and provide a safe disposal of prescription medications. Many people do not understand the environmental damage caused by medications that are flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash. Yellow Jugs is a service provided by Great Lakes Clean Water Organization to help pharmacies collect and properly dispose of medications. This program that Purdue is providing is funded by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program through a grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency. This project includes extensive research to understand and analyze practices to create better educational programs, proper disposal methods, and pharmacy school’s curriculum.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a major issue in the United States. In the U.S., 52 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for on-medical purposes. This county contains 5% of the world’s population, yet it consumes 75% of its prescription drugs. There was enough prescription painkillers prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult every four hours for an entire month. In 2010, there were 8.76 million prescription drug abusers. Of those 8.76 million, 1.1 million abused stimulants, 2.2 million abused tranquilizers, and 5.1 million abused painkillers. Over 50% of those who admitted to abusing prescription drugs stated they received the drugs free from a friend or relative. The three reasons for teenage prescription drug abuse was that they were easy to obtain, available everywhere, and because they were not illegal drugs.

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