New York: A survey has revealed that most women, who are overwhelmed by jobs, kids and commitments, pop prescription pills to boost their energy, calm them down or for any other non medical reason. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 6 percent of American women, some 7.5 million strong, pop a stimulant, painkiller or anti-anxiety medication to work through the never-ending chore list.
"In order to function in appropriate ways, a pill can help you do something in the moment that you would not otherwise be able to do. "It helps you be relaxed when you need to be and have energy when you need that," she added. Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, chair of the Hunter College psychology department says another factor that makes it easy for women to start abusing pills is that they don`t understand that the meds are not harmless. "Women perceive that because they were prescribed by a physician that they are harmless and that people cannot get addicted to them," he said. "And women rationalize by saying, ``I`m just taking a pill. I`m not doing crack or heroin.`` It is easy to take these without the social stigma," he stated. Msnbc.com revealed that the most commonly abused pills are opiod painkillers, stimulants and central nervous-system depressants. While these are often prescribed to treat specific brain chemical imbalances, in healthy people, they can mess with the brain`s natural ability to sleep, focus on work or calm down. ANI
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