WK 4 RESOURCES
Abuse: A DEA Resource Guide (2017)
Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). NIDA InfoFacts: The Science of Drug Abuse and
Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). Prescription Drug Abuse.
Desk Reference. (2015). Homepage.
of Chemical Dependency
Narcotic Analgesics (Opioid Prescription Drugs)
Substance use disorder can result from the use of prescribed medication,
which an individual takes to deal with a medical problem, such as chronic pain,
an injury or, recovery from a surgery, including dental procedures.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing and insidious problem. Chronic pain
is often the beginning of a long struggle with drug dependence. Prescription
narcotic analgesics (such as oxycodone, Percocet, codeine, and hydrocodone) are
often prescribed for various types of pain from back pain to a toothache. The
problem is that there is no way to predict how the brain will respond to these
substances. A factor in developing a problem with these substances is the
amount of emotional pain the individual is experiencing. Now, people understand
that prescription painkillers kill emotional pain more effectively than they
kill the physical pain. This means that an individual could experience an
immediate relief of emotional pain and the brain will crave continued relief,
which is a strong urge to continue using the substance. This has resulted in a
serious reexamination of prescribing these medications. It is possible that
even one dose of a prescription painkiller can trigger an urge to continue
experiencing pain relief. That means there is no certain safe dose or length of
time of dose. With this in mind, you will explore the importance of developing
a policy of using prescription painkillers as the option of last resort.
This week, you will explore research on the use and abuse of both prescribed
pain medication and OTC analgesics to determine how effective OTC analgesic
medications are addressing pain compared to prescription pain medication. The
research will culminate in recommendations that will be used to develop a
policy in terms or preventing substance use disorder.
Compare and Contrast Use and Abuse of Prescribed and OTC
Preparing a CANVA Infographic
CANVA is a free platform to create documents that are used
to illustrate and present concepts and information. You can use words and
images to convey ideas to create the desired information piece. This link will
take you to the website with instructions on how to develop your
For this task, explore the use and abuse of drugs taken for
chronic pain (known as analgesics) and compare narcotic analgesics (those
prescribed by a physician) with OTC analgesics. You will create an infographic
that includes the following:
category of the prescription pain medication
risks associated with the specific medication
routes of administration for these particular drugs
manner of absorption
site of action
prime effects including effective on mood and emotion as well as
side effects of these drugs
effects of OTC pain relievers
risks of developing a substance use disorder and description of how it
age groups most likely to abuse this substance
recommendations that would be made to professional groups including the
After you have created your infographic, write a summary
that uses your critical thinking skills to discuss whether these drugs are
sufficiently controlled by current law and what can be done to prevent or
minimize addiction to prescription drugs.
Length: The infographic should be 3-5 pages,
including the summary.
Resources: Your infographic should be supported
by reference to at least 3 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in the
past 5 years. You may also find additional information at the NIDA InfoFacts
website. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly
resources, including older articles, may be included.
Your infographic should demonstrate thoughtful consideration
of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and
insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect
scholarly writing and current APA standards.
assignment will be submitted to Turnitin®.
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