Background: Prescription drugs, according to US law, are medicines that can only be obtained if a practicing medical doctor of some sort prescribes them. The symbol for prescription drugs is Rx, an abbreviated version of the Latin word “recipe,” meaning “take thus.” However, people more and more are beginning to “take thus” without prescriptions, illegally. Prescription drug addiction is the second most widespread drug addiction in America, only behind marijuana. It was estimated by the National Institutes of Health that roughly 20% of Americans have used prescription drugs for a non-medical reason. The most common drugs that people use are OxyContin, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, Ritalin, and Adderall. With this many people able to obtain these drugs without prescription, the question is raised of whether or not more regulations should be imposed on prescription drugs.