The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which depends on the United Nations (ONU), yesterday released its report 2013. And it ensures that "the misuse of prescription drugs is one of the major threats to public health and even exceeds the rates of illicit drug use in some countries".

While this latest work pays particular attention to the economic consequences of drug abuse - "very timely topic in times of financial austerity", Read the president of INCB, Raymond Yans–, The Board emphasizes the use and abuse of drugs. Although Argentina is not among the countries most concerned, Clarín consulted a specialist warned of the seriousness of the problem.

"The INCB notes that the increased prevalence of abuse of prescription drugs obeyed, to a large degree, to the wide availability of these substances and the erroneous perception that they are less likely to use illicit drugs improperly. The use of these substances without a prescription self-medication purposes only exacerbates the problem ", says report. And continues: "One of the main sources of prescription drugs that are diverted from licit channels is the presence in the household of medicines no longer required (…) Studies on the prevalence of abuse of prescription drugs in several countries showed that a considerable percentage of the people who use them for the first time get a friend or relative who legally acquired ".

"No wonder what the report. In the hospital, drug poisoning is the second leading cause of attention. With alcohol, takes the 66% consultations ", Carlos says Damin, Head of Toxicology and President Fernández Fundartox. "The prescription archived are the worst recipe used, the most dangerous ", adds. Are, fundamentally, tranquilizers and anxiolytics. "The counter does not generate much dependence, but are most lead to abuse-inquiries ensures Damin-. Argentina is the country where most consumed clonazepam. Lots of people claim, some doctors prescribe far and wide, and pharmacists who sell without asking for the recipe ". Who's abusing these drugs are women: the relationship with the men in this type of abuse is 6 a 4 (they consume more drugs and alcohol).

INCB recommends addressing the causes of excess supply of these drugs, the practice of obtaining prescriptions from multiple doctors, excessive prescribing and inadequate control measures.

Source: Clarin.com

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