Between drug companies’ advertising and consumers’ expectations that everything needs to be perfect, we’ve decided that the answer is in a bottle of pills. But the easy answer isn’t always the right one.
When I first did cocaine and it actually helped me do better in school, I was hooked. I had no idea that cocaine would take away my friends, my health, and my independence.
Last week, The Fix and Phoenix House hosted a lively #Rxchat on prescription drug abuse. Participants debated why teens abuse Ritalin, how to help addicted veterans, whether abuse-resistant pills are a good idea, and more.
The recent story of a class president who killed himself after becoming addicted to Adderall reminds us of the ways pressure-cooker environments can damage young people.