Unemployment appears to be on the list of reasons why prescription drug abuse triggers people. There were many types of research done throughout the years on this issue, and it seems that abusing opioids and stimulants may occur as a result of unemployment.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since unemployment means that the person is unable to take financial care of his/hers needs, as well as the needs of his/hers family which often leads to depression.
As the researchers have come to show, workers who are unemployed are more prone to opioids abuse, while those who are out of the labor force completely are at higher risks of stimulants abuse.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be many studies that concentrate on how employment status and prescription drug abuse are related. Conducting a study of this type on a mass of people who are 25 years old or older will always end up with the same results. This type of studies will also show what role do characteristics of social nature play in the cases of prescription drug abuse.
According to the results of a study, people who were out of the job at the moment showed 7% risk of prescription opioid misuse.
The chances that people who are completely out of the labor pool will deal with prescription stimulant abuse are at 2%. To sum up, there seemed to be more nonmedical prescription opioid users or 3.5% of the population researched, while users who used prescribed stimulants are at the rate of only 0.72%.
Silvia Martins, a senior author, and M.D., Ph.D. in her field of work stated that the results from the study only furthermore affirm how much we are in need of adult prevention and deterrence programs. That will primarily be concerned with prescription drug abuse, with a particular accent on those unemployed or for those who are not within the range of the overall workforce at all.
What exactly does prescription opioid abuse represent?
It is the process of using prescription pain relievers (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Hysingla ER, Lorcet, Norco, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Exalgo, Demerol, Methadose, etc.) that weren’t prescribed by a professional or are taken for the sole purpose of experiencing the sensation they can impart.
Many people kid themselves by thinking that if the doctor prescribed it that it is entirely safe. Yes, opioid use is safe, but when taken under the care of a doctor and for a particular time.
Adults between the ages of 26-34 are mostly at risk for prescription opioid abuse. Also, those who are employed part-time have higher chances of prescription stimulant abuse. The likelihood of prescription stimulant abuse is not as high among persons with full-time jobs.
Silvia Martins said that the finding of their research which was that there is a link among employment status and prescription drug abuse parallel with other research on people taking new roles in their life, for example, becoming a parent.
As we stated before, unemployment is linked to depression, but to other range of diseases as well. This fact is crucial for the instituting policies that regulate control of prescription drug abuse.
The physician as such must be aware whether the patient is employed or unemployed, as well as the connection between unemployment and nonmedical drug use and the consequences like drug or mental disorders, before prescribing.
If the physician isn’t informed about the employment status of the patient and let’s says the patient is unemployed, then the prescribed drug may be used for different goals than intended.
Because of all of this, some states decided -to solve the problem – to implement a prescription drug monitoring programs. These programs track all the prescribing and dispensing of prescription drugs. In this way, they are following the activity of both doctors and patients.
The results from this study not only have a significant importance for whatever type of drug abuse as a general problem, but this undeniable connection between whether the person is employed or unemployed and the missing of opioids and stimulants implicates much on the public health. It is important to be sensitive to non-full –time employed people because they are facing greater social disadvantage- as Martins had to say.
Identifying the problem is the first step towards getting to a solution. This study identified employment status as one of the culprits for prescription drug abuse. This needs to be well understood and taken into consideration.
Unemployment has always been looked at from economic perspective, while nobody seems to pay attention to the impact it has on prescription drug utilization.
If people don’t start to understand the connection between the two, then it would be harder to come to a solution. Maybe decreasing unemployment and giving everybody a job is a solution to that problem, but that is practically impossible because of numerous different reasons.
On the other hand, what if prescribed drug utilization has grown into an addiction? Then giving current unemployed people (who are already showing signs of addiction) jobs won’t answer their problem. This problem needs more attention and finding a solution that will work must be the priority.
It is hard for the non-full time employed people who suffer from prescription drug abuse. They have significantly less social ties like family or friends relations that could help them lessen the intensity of the harms associated with prescription drug abuse.
All substance abuse and not just prescribed drug abuse is unfortunately very common. The solution is not easy to find, and it is scary to think that the numbers of illegal substance users are growing rapidly.
Many factors are included in the equation why people turn to drug addiction, and the society itself is perhaps one of the biggest. So, as a primary culprit for this unfortunate problem, society should take responsibility by acting in a manner that will help people who struggle with addiction.
It is crucial to recognize and understand prescription drug abuse as a general problem that affects the whole society, and not to look at it only as a criminal act.
Even though prescription drug abuse has declined in recent years, doesn’t mean it is not still a concerning problem.
Prescription drug abuse has spread among the younger generations too, so it is from enormous meaning to lower the numbers of people facing drug abuse, no matter whether it is because of unemployment or other specific reason.