Approaches to prevention/mitigation
– Recommendations made by trustworthy organizations pertaining to the drug
– Relevant regulations and laws
It has been found for many years that doctors were prescribing depressants that had high doses and were short acting drugs. That means that person who is taking the drug has a higher chance of getting a physical dependence known as withdrawal symptoms.
According to the Prevention website, helping to prevent those who are dependent on depressants they definitely need to consulate their doctor. Not just talk to the doctor but also avoid taking any more medication other than the ones they’ve been ordered to take. There are psychological, biological and social forces that are associated with the addiction. To approach the idea of prevention one must know that they can’t continue to use any medication that will help with their dependence. They must go through some type of withdrawal from the substance, so they can break away from it. If they do need some form of a depressant to get them through, the doctor will know what to prescribe them, so it isn’t something that won’t affect their withdrawal. Often times when going through a withdrawal from a substance, it is best known to not have any kind of substance because it may become a substitute. In the case for those who need specific medications, the doctors will know what to do.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, they believe to help prevention with any type of illicit drug like depressants, inhalants, narcotics, etc; we should remove it from society’s presence. We can do that by reducing the demand on drugs. This is a harder prevention approach than the first but overtime it can possibly work and can help prevent the long list of substances.
There are of course many programs worldwide to help those who are having troubles with substance abuse, it only takes a phone call or a quick search on the web to get help. From church outreach programs to weekly meeting programs (like AA) there are many options to help those who having problems with substance abuse.
Of course it is against the law to misuse substances whether they are prescribed or not. It is relevant that drug use can result in jail time, for some after having several encounters with the law over drug use they can get serious time in jail. Though many drugs come prescribed by doctors, it is still against the law to resell the medications on the market and to misuse them.
Your recommended action (be specific)
Dealing with any type of addiction is extremely hard. Depressants are known to help get you through tough times, anxiety, depression, all around bad things that life throws at you. I’m not going to say that recovering or preventing depressant usage is easy, compared to other drug usage because it’s not. Like any other addiction, you have an dependence and your eager to make sure that dependence keeps on going. Dealing with depression is no joke, I have had several friends and I included who have minor problems with depression in high school but we didn’t take any substances to get us through. Therapy was the key in that case and it can be in the key in any case dealing with depressants and drug usage. I do recommend that those who are using substances and are addicted that they consult therapy to see if they will have any help with their problem. In order to help yourself with a problem, you must acknowledge that there is a problem. There are processes to getting yourself together when a physical dependence is in the mix. I highly recommend that you do seek therapy as a part of the process; depressant drug use is no joke. Next I recommend you do seek some type of prevention or treatment program and after seeing a doctor, it is a great way to help yourself through your problem. I do know that depressants being prescribed are often sold and a lot has been done by the youth, we need to make sure they know the dangers and the risks. Depressants need to be a part of the list when schools do programs and showings about drugs, it can help down the road. I believe that coming back from an addiction of depressants is definitely possible, like any person who has an dependence you have to be willing to come out of that dependence
Video on Depressants and the effects
List of references
Hart, Carl L., Ksir, Charles. Drugs, Society & Behavior, Fifteenth Edition. New York, McGraw Hill, 2013
Bose, Anindya. Alternative Medical Studies Volume 2. India, Institute of Pharmacy and
Rodale, Inc, Prevention (2014). Substance Abuse (Depressants or Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs). Retrieved from http://www.prevention.com/health-conditions/substance-abuse-depressants-or-sedativehypnotic-drugs#Prevention
Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (2014). Depressants. Retrieved from http://www.pamf.org/teen/risk/drugs/depressants/
Partnership for Drug Free Kids (2014). Depressants. Retrieved from http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/depressants/
National Institute on Drug Abuse (2011). Treating Addiction to CNS Depressants. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/treating-prescription-drug-addiction/treating-addiction-to-cns-depressants
United States Drug Enforcement Administration (2014). Demand an reduction program. Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/dea/prevention/overview.shtml
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (2013). Prescription for danger—trends in teen drug abuse. Retrieved from http://www.healthinschools.org/News-Room/EJournals/Volume-9/Number-2/Prescription-for-Danger.aspx
Youtube (2013) Depressants- Drug Safety. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNqC7IZbiz4