Dear Mr. President,
Imagine how your life would change if you lived your childhood with a dad or mom that died from abusing drugs. This scenario has already happened to thousands of people in the U.S alone. We must do more to stop this.
Getting addicted to prescription drugs can be easy; all you need to do is to grow a dependence on a drug like painkillers and gain a tolerance, meaning you need more. You can give out smaller amounts of drugs, then have the patient can come back often for more drugs and inspection to make sure they are using the medicine correctly. Monitoring the patient to make sure they are on the right track is another solution. The patient may take more prescription drugs then normal; this is a clue and the doctor may want to keep a closer eye.
Prescription drug abuse kills 20,000 people annually in the U.S, which may not sound like a lot considering that there are 300 million people in the U.S, but think about how that tears apart their family they are devastated that there son, daughter, father, dad, or uncle is dying or died from prescription drug abuse. We can increase the security and lessen the deaths by not having 1 doctor sign a prescription, but 2 or maybe 3.
Another solution is to get rid of the paper prescriptions and use many different sources to make sure the patient didn’t counterfeit a prescription note. We should also do more investigations and inspections to make sure that doctor doesn’t give out prescription drugs when a patient bribes the doctor. Doctors must be better monitored just like the patients.
I am writing about this topic because it needs to be fixed. My uncle used to abuse lots of drugs and my grandma was always so sad and stressed. Now my Uncle is off drugs but his addiction had longing effects, he can’t get a good job, and had children when he was not prepared. Many other families had it worse though, some addicts die and leave their family heartbroken.