Prescription drugs are killing students and the educational system

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 63,632 individuals died in 2016 as a result of drug overdose. Among these, 66 percent died from opioid overdose. The statistics are derived from in-depth research that was carried out by the research institute in 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that cases of drug abuse are swiftly spreading geographically and increasing demographically. The research provokes worry since school-going teenagers have not been spared by the unfortunate trend. Increased use of drugs among the youth accounts for the increased rates of overdose in our educational institutions. Not only does the trend affect the educational pursuits of the youth, it also affects their sociological welfare and health.

Thus, there is a great need to address this problem. Even though the government is expected to provide strict policies and laws to prevent the uprising of this trend, it is also the duty of parents, educationists as well as medical practitioners in curbing prescription drug abuse in our school-going children. Police and other federal agencies should also be actively involved in arresting individuals who illegally peddle the prescription drugs. Given the dangers posed by prescription drugs use, it is important to evaluate the implications of drugs on the youth and the ensuing effects on education and health.

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