The¬† National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) contends that up to 20%¬† Americans have illicitly consumed prescription drugs in their¬† lifetime. Even more disturbing, NIDA‚Äôs Monitoring The Future survey¬† discovered that over 9% of 12th-graders have consumed Vicodin without¬† a valid prescription in the past year alone!.
The¬† abuse of prescription drugs is a major source of concern among the¬† medical community, as the issue has consistently been overlooked by¬† the authorities in favor of the more high profile psychoactive drugs¬† such as cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. This is despite the¬† fact that abuse of prescription drugs stands just behind marijuana as¬† the most reported cases of substance abuse in North America. The easy¬† availability of prescription drugs means that the problem is not one¬† that is going away anytime soon, and we look forward to how our¬† candidates intends to tackle the issue.
‚ÄĘ I believe that prescription drugs should be supplied if people can‚Äôt afford them.