Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem that imposes economic burdens in health care. Prescription drug abuse occurs when an individual misuses drugs prescribed to him or her, or uses prescription drugs not prescribed to him or her to get high. The result of appropriately using prescription drugs can prove extremely valuable. Inappropriately using prescription drugs can be dangerous, addicting, and even deadly. Inappropriately using prescription is also illegal.
One health care economic burden prescription drug abuse imposes, is a costly public health problem. The public health spends much money on drug prevention and treatment programs each year. Another health care economic burden prescription drug abuse imposes is creating excess medical expenses. Prescription abusers consume more medical services than non-abusers. For example, studies show that over the past 5 years, individuals who abuse prescription drugs require more emergency visits than non-abusers. Creating excess medical expenses can also include hospital stays, outpatient visits, and the cost of the prescription drugs. Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate among health care professionals.
Healthcare professionals abusing prescription drug imposes economic burdens in health care. One health care economic burden healthcare professionals abusing prescription drug imposes is legal cost. For example, if a healthcare professional such as a physician makes a medical error during a visit with a patient because he or she is high on prescription drugs, the medical error can result in malpractice. The patient can sue the physician for medical malpractice. Medical malpractice lawsuits compensates patients, which results in economic loses. Another health care economic burden healthcare professionals abusing prescription drug imposes a loss of productivity. For example, healthcare professionals will be fired if they abuse prescription drugs.
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