Are prescriptions manslaughter, or even worse: murder
Prescriptions are the main way a doctor can provide drugs to patient. This is done by writing a note that claims the patient needs a drug and authorizes the pharmacist to give it to them. Most of the time this is done without malice intent because the patient really needs it, however, these prescriptions sometimes contain highly addictive drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet’s. By trying to ease the patient’s pain, these prescriptions lead them into a greater pain of addiction and makes their lives miserable until they have that “one more hit” or just eventually die from an overdose. This addiction arises when patients no longer need that medication, but still crave it and try to find it elsewhere. This leads them straight to the doorsteps of a drug dealer where they are again prescribed with drugs without any medical supervision or legitimate need for them. With dangerous drugs like this, the doctor must know that giving the drugs will lead to death eventually if the patient continues to pursue it, so prescribing them should be given a lot of thought. Unfortunately, some doctors are either negligent about past substance abuse or amount of a drugs that is needed, and if this leads to the death of their patient due to overdose, it should be considered manslaughter. Even if the doctor doesn’t mean for the person to die, the patient has died due to their carelessness so they should still be charged with a manslaughter crime and lose their license. The same rule should be applied to drug dealers because they too are prescribing drugs to their customers, and if their customer dies from an overdose, they should also be charged with manslaughter, and even murder if they provided an excessive number of drugs. The drugs I am referring to are highly addictive, dangerous drugs that can easily lead to death with too much of it, so the three mentioned above, not drugs like marijuana.
Giving any type of drug is a prescription and the rules of that prescription are to constantly check on the person you are prescribing it to and make sure nothing happens to them from taking it. The same rule is applied to drug dealers because they too are prescribing drugs when they hand them out. A similar situation occurred in the court case R v Kennedy, in which it was established that when a controlled drug is given to an informed and responsible adult, and they die from voluntarily administering that drug, they cannot be charged with manslaughter. However, this is not the case most often because if the drug dealer supplies them to an adult who is not in the right state of mind, then they cannot be “responsible.” Most addicted people only care about that one drug and would say or do anything to get it. Drugs like oxycontin, Percocet’s, and Vicodin, make it so that you can’t think clearly and just make you feel good. A user would not be able understand fully how harmful it is to them because they are so distracted from the “high”, or that good feeling that drugs give. Even after they have taken a drug once, this cannot be considered “responsible or well-informed” because even if they knew of the dangers, they clearly can’t consider them. The same thing applies to doctors who prescribe incredibly addictive pain killers to patients who are in great pain. When a patient is in great pain, their inhibitions and decision-making skills are non-existent meaning they don’t fall under the “well-informed or responsible either.” By the time they are released from the hospital, they may already be addicted which would keep them from being “responsible.”
According to research done by Harvard Medical School, “. Since several of these powerful painkillers became available in pill form several decades ago, doctors have been prescribing more than the patients need.” This is the biggest problem when talking about drug misuse because doctors are the ones that need to be more responsible because they have legal access to these drugs. Whether it be for a family member/close friend or because they are being negligent when prescribing, doing this should lead to larger criminal punishments, in par with the punishments that drug dealers get. Doctors are just the professional version of a drug dealer, which should increase their responsibility even more because they are more well-informed. Malpractice is considered a civil case, but it should be considered a criminal case when talking about over-prescribing drugs. If the doctor is supplying drugs to a dealer who is selling them for more money, the doctor should be charged with the same crime that a drug dealer would be charged with: wide distribution of drugs. If anyone died directly because of that wide distribution, they should be charged with manslaughter as well. Punishments should not go as far as a homicide charge because the intent to kill is not there. Negligence and money are the main reason doctors are over-prescribing drugs and killing is not on that list. Murder is when someone intentionally kills someone else, whereas manslaughter is when someone is killed by accident which I believe is the case in the above arguments. The reason these increased criminal measures need to be taken is because drug use has reached all time high numbers with close to 100,000 people dying a year, and countless others having health problems due to these drugs with Oxycontin, Percocet’s, and Vicodin being major contributors to that number. “About 38% of adults in 2017 battled illicit drug disorders” and “drug abuse and addiction cost American society more than $740 billion annually…”. These statistics were taken 5 years and the numbers have increased even more since then. While there are countless drugs out there making “drug abuse” too broad, targeting the strongest and most problematic ones (Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet’s) are the first steps that need to be taken to begin progress towards drug safety. We need to go back to the source of the problem and begin tackling it from there which is the production of the drugs or at least the suppliers.
“What New Opioid Laws Mean for Pain Relief.” Harvard Health, 15 Apr. 2020, https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/what-new-opioid-laws-mean-for-pain-relief.
Authored by Editorial StaffLast Updated: March 3, 2022. “Drug & Substance Abuse Addiction Statistics.” American Addiction Centers, 3 Mar. 2022, https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics.
Elliott, Catherine, and Claire De Than. “Prosecuting the Drug Dealer When a Drug User Dies: R v Kennedy (No 2).” Modern Law Review, vol. 69, no. 6, 2006, pp. 986–995., https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2230.2006.00619.x.
The first thing I notice, NF, is that your essay is composed of three paragraphs, which means it contains three main ideas. If that’s true, you might not have enough ideas. If, on the other hand, you have more than one main idea sharing space in a paragraph, then you don’t have enough paragraphs.
TO REVIEW: Every paragraph should develop one main idea. Every main idea should get its own paragraph.
Would you like to break any of your paragraphs into smaller paragraphs before I return for more feedback?
You ignored my question and returned your post to the Feedback Please category, NF. I’m taking it out of Feedback Please.
1. Break your post into more paragraphs, one main idea per paragraph.
2. Then put your post back into Feedback Please and add a Reply to your post to let me know that you understand the value of one main idea per paragraph.
Feedback is a conversation. 🙂