Today we’re featuring an excerpt from Ashley, a scholarship winner from Indiana who recently earned her Prescription Drug Safety certification. Congratulations to Ashley for being one of our scholarship recipients!
Student: Ashley W.
Teacher: Angie Talbott
School: New Castle Career Center
Sponsor: Health Science Education
“My goal for the future is to become a doctor. In my line of work, prescription drugs are very apparent and can only be acquired from the doctor. As the doctor, I want to provide compassionate care to all of my patients and I want to be able to recognize if my patients are misusing prescription drugs.
Today, many doctors give their patients what they ask for and then the patients misuse the prescription drugs by either getting addicted or selling them. Addiction can become a serious problem that doesn’t just happen from illicit drugs, but can happen from prescription drugs too. Also, some doctors allow for too many refills. The refills can allow for the extra drugs to be sold on the streets or to be overused. Either way, it will not resort in a happy ending.
Personally, I have experienced this first hand. My brother was in a serious moped accident with his best friend. My brother’s best friend was paralyzed and my brother was left with serious injuries. Like most doctors would, my brother’s doctor prescribed him pain medication. At the beginning, the pain medicine helped my brother, but as he got better the pain medicine wasn’t reduced and my brother became addicted to pills.
The Prescription Drug Safety course has allowed me to learn the signs and symptoms of someone who is misusing prescription drugs. This will allow me to recognize signs that my patients are misusing prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Safety course has allowed me to learn the importance of not sharing prescription drugs. This will allow me to share information to my patients and their families about safety precautions of using prescriptions drugs and not sharing them with others. The Prescription Drug Safety course has allowed me to learn how to properly read the labels on the containers. This will allow me to teach my patient’s how to read the warning signs and locate information on the container.
Not only has the Prescription Drug Safety Course allowed me to learn how to help my patients in the future and become a better doctor, but it has helped me as a teen. It has taught me to never use other people’s prescription drugs because there are poor side effects. It has taught me how to notice if my friends are misusing prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Safety Course has allowed me and will allow to share important and life saving information with others.”