This is due to the fact that drugs like cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine still account for many horrific complications and fatalities that result from drug overdoses and that claim thousands of lives in America each year (“Overdose”).
Most cases of drug overdoses in the United States result mostly from the misuse or overuse of prescription drugs, of which the most common are narcotics, which include opioid painkillers especially methadone, benzodiazepines such as antidepressants and Valium, and opioid analgesics (Paulozzi). These drug overdoses account for 45% of the cases in contrast with those from cocaine, heroin and other non-prescription drugs, which only make up 39% of the cases (Paulozzi). Moreover, overdoses from prescription drugs are common among men and those aged 45 to 54 in addition to the fact that 1 out of every 11 teens also suffer from the same overdose (Paulozzi; “Over-The-Counter”). Misuse of these drugs usually arise from the fact that most over-the-counter or OTC drugs are easily accessible to most Americans of any age. Add to that the fact that not every American teenager or parent is properly informed about the various side effects of such prescription drugs. Other people at a greater risk of developing a tendency to overdose on the drug include those already suffering from depression, those using multiple drug combinations, those under stress and those with a family history of drug overdose (Davis).
The symptoms of overdoses from prescription and over-the-counter drugs include dizziness, nausea, blurry vision (“Over-The-Counter”). Other physical symptoms include numbness and sleep disturbances like nightmares (“Over-The-Counter”). Negative mental effects such as poor memory, unclear thinking, poor school and work performance, and a lack of interest in normal activities are also common (“Over-The-Counter”). Moreover, overdoses can also affect one