Title: Pain medications nearly sack one of the NFL’s most successful quarterbacks.
Topic: Pain Medications: Very easily abused and affects millions of lives.
General purpose: To Inform and create awareness.
Specific purpose: To inform the audience about the dangers of the prescription pain medication i.e. Vicodin (Hydrocodone)
A. What NFL Quarterback is the first ever to win three MVP’s consecutively in a row while addicted to drugs? Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers. (D'Amato, 2005)
B. Brett Favre suffered a separated left shoulder after being sacked by Philadelphia Eagles, Reggie White in 1993. Brett did not want his coach to know how badly he was hurt, so after the game he asked the team doctor for a painkiller. That night would be the first time he took his first Vicodin. (D'Amato, 2005)
C. Today I want to show just how addictive prescription pain medication can be, specifically the medication Hydrocodone.
Transition Statement: I want to start by discussing briefly what Vicodin (Hydrocodone) is and what its effects are.
II. Vicodin is the brand name for a powerful prescription narcotic medication known as Hydrocodone. (Firm, 2010)
D. Typically is prescribed by a doctor or dentist for moderate to severe pain due to an injury or after a medical procedure.
1. In fact if you’ve had your wisdom teeth pulled, or have suffered a broken bone. It’s very likely you’ve had it.
2. It is the most widely prescribed opiate in the U.S. today. (Firm, 2010)
E. More than one-quarter of Americans or 26%, age 20 years and over or an estimated 76.5 million Americans report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration. (Statistics, 2010)
3. Due to these numbers, more often these patients are being prescribed a pain medication.
4. These pain medications are... [continues]
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